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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 akugami on 10/14/2008 1:20:24 PM , Rating: 2
I'd disagree, the original reason Mac's sell is because they were the original place for powerful desktop publishing and productivity apps. To a large degree Mac's and PC's are essentially on equal footing in those areas. Legacy use of Mac's still dictate their use in a lot of areas.

Mac's used to be faster than PC's even if only by a small degree, and then the AMD vs Intel wars happened and the CPU's used in PC's took off and left the PowerPC chips in the dust. Which is why we need AMD. In today's world, Mac's are no faster than PC's. The only limiting factor is that Apple does not use the latest chips but to be honest, Joe Computer doesn't need a 3+ ghz quad core anyways. Something along the lines of a 2ghz dual core is good enough for what 95% of the general computing public needs.

Your comments also make it seem like Mac OSX didn't modernize the underpinnings of what makes it run. This is not true and it can be said that Apple modernized it's OS before Microsoft did. Especially with the lateness of Vista and it's scaled back promises.

Believe it or not Joe Computer likes things to be idiot proof. One can argue that the Mac OS is powerful enough for 95% of computer uses while keeping things easy enough to use so the new users don't feel too overwhelmed. These 3D window gimmicks also may or may not detract from the user experience but this is up to individual users. Much like the 3D window gimmicks in Vista, it's all a matter of personal taste.

I've been using Vista x64 for a year now. I have not owned a Mac in over 10 years though I plan to get a Macbook Pro this year or next to complement my desktop.

As for the Windows 7 name, I'm ok with it. They seem to be aiming for utilitarian and that points to shooting it towards corporate users more than home users though. Hopefully they will optimize the OS for speed and functionality. There are some OS changes from XP to Vista that annoy me though I can live with it.

RE: Windows 7 Will be Awesome!
By mikefarinha on 10/14/2008 4:32:42 PM , Rating: 2
I understand Apple's target market and I think they are doing a fantastic job at marketing towards them.

As for the Windows 7 name, I'm ok with it. They seem to be aiming for utilitarian and that points to shooting it towards corporate users more than home users though.

You bring up Mac and then say Windows 7 sounds utilitarian? I dunno, OSX sounds a lot more utilitarian than Windows 7 IMHO.

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