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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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RE: Windows 7 Will be Awesome!
By lifeblood on 10/14/2008 12:56:53 PM , Rating: 2
It seems to me that every business/school should be doing some research before upgrading the OS on their PCs.

You'd think, and you would be wrong. I worked at one university, and taught part time at another. At the University where I worked, the CIO wants everyone on Vista for bragging rights about how "modern" and "high tech" the university is. At the college where I taught, the IT folks tested and certified all the College supplied apps. The specialized apps the departments used were ignored. Luckily the science department tested their apps, found most didn't work, and told the IT shop they would not be touching their PC's.

I think that is Vista's failing. It made a bunch of older apps quit working, but didn't provide any new "killer" feature people wanted. All it's improvements were, for the most part, under the hood.

RE: Windows 7 Will be Awesome!
By StraightPipe on 10/14/2008 1:23:43 PM , Rating: 2
It really shoudl be quite good OS. The big problems with Vista on release were due to new API's for sounds, graphics, and more.

Most companies dug in their heals and didnt want to develop new drivers, so there were lots of problems with Vista initially.

This new OS will be more evolutionary than revolutionary, so it will be built on the back of Vista SP1, allowing M$ to smooth out any problems they have remaining.

One big complaint that Win7 will not fix, is ridiculous overhead. There's no going back to trim bloat at this point. They've attempted to address this by making Windows7 Modular, but we wont know how effective this is until we get our hands on the betas.

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