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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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If Vista is So Solid...
By cubdukat on 10/14/2008 12:53:48 PM , Rating: 2
...why is MS scrambling to replace it so soon?

It has the potential to be good, but they blew it big time. MS themselves have acknowledged as much

I am getting ready to build a new HTPC system, and it's going to be based on either XP (which is only marginally better than Vista) or Linux (if I can get all the hardware going), but definitely not Vista. About the only thing that would stop me is if XP can't do Blu-Ray, but I suspect it can.

After having used it for almost a year, I can safely say there is nothing I'm doing with it now that really needs Vista--especially not gaming.

Aero is definitely a nice touch, but I could live without it.

When Win7 hits, I am going to wait a full year before I even consider using it.




RE: If Vista is So Solid...
By mikefarinha on 10/14/2008 1:07:25 PM , Rating: 2
It's not soon.

All releases of Windows were at intervals of 3 years or less, with the notable exception of Vista which was 5 years.


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