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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 Oralen on 10/14/2008 2:20:43 PM , Rating: 3
"...90% of the people who use Office..."

Are using it once a month, in their home, to whip out a letter to their grand'ma.

Those who are ACTUALLY working with it, everyday, in... their office, (in companies who have paid for it a great chunk of money in volume licenses)...

They are using more than "the most commonly used features" .

They are using the advanced features that made Office the most indispensable business software in the world.

Mind you, they are not using ALL of the advanced features of Office. Nobody does. They are using what is pertinent to their own job.

But the ribbon does not allow an easy access to ANY advanced function the way the menu did.

I am not saying that your own feelings, when you switched to 2007, are invalid.

But people who are using it to earn their wages think differently.


By inighthawki on 10/14/2008 3:16:55 PM , Rating: 3
I completely respect your opinion as well, I'm just saying that I feel that it is nicer and benefits more people than those who work in their office. Not to mention i think your idea of 90% of the people using office is a little skewed. Many students, for example like myself, use word 07 to type reports and essays all the time. Granted i rarely use some of the more "advanced" features of word, it's still used commonly by many people very often.

Of course, it is necessary to also find other opinions. I've heard people who use word quite often say they don't like it, but the reasoning is usually that they can't find stuff. So your opinion is great, my opinion counts, but we really would need a large number of people from both sides to prove any kind of point here.


By Nik00117 on 10/15/2008 3:41:18 AM , Rating: 2
I agree, I use word a lot. I'm not in school and my job doesn't relove around it. I do have run a small business and use excel for accounting. Fact of the matter is I like this new system. Ribbion is great and at first I thought "ah this is gay!" then ig ot to used to it and was like "O nvm"


By SunAngel on 10/14/2008 3:30:36 PM , Rating: 2
why is it that you think all americans are stupid, lazy, and boring? my guess is many use office more than to just send a letter to granny. it's easier to just hand write it. while i will agree with you that a major of americans are unimaginative, but dumb, lazy, and lathargic...i see your point but can't totally agree. if anything i would call them dopeheads.


By feraltoad on 10/14/2008 6:02:15 PM , Rating: 4
Sounds like the solution is to offer a "Classic View" a la Control Panel to keep both groups happy.


By zshift on 10/15/2008 10:54:03 AM , Rating: 2
Yes. A "classic view" option is exactly what office 2007 needed. I'm guessing, however, that the only reason microsoft didn't add this in is because they either wanted to start a total shift in GIU in preparation for their new os, or they didn't add anything really "new" (aside from new styles and matching color schemes for charts, etc.) so they didn't want people to realize <sarcasm>"hey! microsoft just charged me for the same product as the previous version but with preselected color schemes! boy, that $199 upgrade charge was well worth it!" </sarcasm>

seems like microsoft marketing didn't work so well for vista/office 2007 (with no help from apple, of course ;^) )


By inighthawki on 10/15/2008 11:15:30 AM , Rating: 1
Although vista didnt get quite the kick it should have, from what i've seen, office 07 has been very widely popular among almost everyone. Its rare i see anyone open up office on their computers without seeing 2007 these days.

Personally, i'm really looking forward to windows 7 and the new interface, and i REALLY want to see if they alter anything else to make it more intuitive and such.


By Howard on 10/14/2008 11:04:39 PM , Rating: 2
Why would anybody buy Office to use once a month?

OK, so why would Microsoft cater to pirates?


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