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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 kelmon on 10/14/2008 1:45:59 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. I can appreciate that the Ribbon may be better for new users but I don't know any experienced users who like it for the simple reason that they can't find anything. It was a laudable goal but one that alienated the current user base. The Ribbon in Windows would likely do the same so I can only suggest to Microsoft that they take baby steps and not do some sort of giant leap. Vista really didn't do the company many favours and annoying users with a new interface in Windows 7 won't help them much either. By all means evolved to deliver something better but it needs to be better for all, particularly when you have such a large and diverse user base as Windows.

By Flunk on 10/14/2008 3:38:46 PM , Rating: 1
I like the ribbon, there you are. It takes a bit of time to get used to it, get over it.

By mars777 on 10/14/2008 10:20:41 PM , Rating: 3
the Ribbon may be better for new users but I don't know any experienced users who like it

Microsoft cares about increasing sales (->new users). Old users can whine all they want but they are bound to Office and they cannot do anything to change that... that means MS doesnt lose customers, they just make new ones (the dumb ones) :)

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