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Pre-beta Windows 7 OS will be given to developers at coming conferences

Microsoft Windows Vista is still considered relatively new on the market and some users have not yet upgraded from Windows XP to Vista for a variety of reasons. Microsoft is continuing to allow certain types of computers to run Windows XP thanks to its lower cost and overhead.

Despite being released less than two years ago to the general public, Microsoft is hard at work on the replacement for Vista. DailyTech reported that the next Microsoft PC operating system -- codenamed Windows 7 -- had its first setback in September.  Microsoft had planned to offer the first Windows 7 Beta in October of 2008, that date slipped to December 2008.

Microsoft's Mike Nash wrote in a blog post that Microsoft would be providing a pre-beta version of Windows 7 exclusively to developers to attendees at the PDC and WinHEC developers conferences.

Nash also wrote in the blog post that Microsoft has decided on the final name for the next Windows operating system, and it's one we are familiar with. Microsoft has decided to call the operating system Windows 7. This is the first time a Windows operating system has kept its codename as the official name.

Nash wrote, "The decision to use the name Windows 7 is about simplicity. Over the years, we have taken different approaches to naming Windows.  We've used version numbers like Windows 3.11, or dates like Windows 98, or ‘aspirational’ monikers like Windows XP or Windows Vista.  And since we do not ship new versions of Windows every year, using a date did not make sense. Likewise, coming up with an all-new ‘aspirational’ name does not do justice to what we are trying to achieve, which is to stay firmly rooted in our aspirations for Windows Vista, while evolving and refining the substantial investments in platform technology in Windows Vista into the next generation of Windows."

Details on Windows 7 are still scant, but Nash says that Microsoft will be sharing more in the coming weeks. To this point, feature wise it is known that the OS will support multi-touch and use the same driver system as Windows Vista.

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By mikefarinha on 10/14/2008 12:49:58 PM , Rating: 4
Poor Oralen,

The fact of the matter is that newbs are more productive in Office 2007 than they were in any prior version of Office. If you can't handle change then you shouldn't be in the IT field.

I'm submitting a letter to have your Geek Card revoked!

By Oralen on 10/14/2008 1:59:25 PM , Rating: 3
More productive newbies ?

You know, the firms who actually PRODUCE a lot of documents do not hire or care about newbies.

I'm not talking about newbies. I am talking about people who NEED to be productive, and precise, or they get fired.

And as far as resisting changes... I like change. But not when it's just a useless facelift. And, in order to be ready for that change, I've had 2007 installed on my machine since the beta was released...

But... Right now... I am not allowed to teach it.

Because my employers, in a very logical move, are waiting for enterprises that asks for employees proficient in 2007 before asking me to teach it.

And right now... They are still asking for people who know how to use Office 2003. I am serious.

And... The Geek Card... Keep it. I don't need it. I'm only allowed to be a geek OUTSIDE of my working hours. During the daytime, I'm supposed to listen to what paying customers are asking for.

What I REALLY meant to say in my post, is this:

If Windows 7 comes out with another nice interface, but removes your ability to tinker with the registry, because it's not "pretty", or "safe", will the geek that you are like it? I won't. (Even if I don't have the card anymore ;-).

They are talking about scaling back UAC for Windows 7, because it's pissing off people.

But what will they remove? Just the UAC warning? Or the ABILITY to DO what was prompting that warning in the first place?

That is what is scaring me.

I respect those who use a Mac, but Windows has it's own strong points. Control is one of them. The ability to tinker with everything is one of them.

But when I look at Office 2007, I am afraid they will remove that in the next version of Windows.

"If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else." -- Microsoft Business Group President Jeff Raikes
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