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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 KashGarinn on 10/15/2008 4:51:15 AM , Rating: 2
The thing I'd like to see is them making the OS be able to run on low end hardware.

Got an old 2ghz pc with 512mb ram? Or something even older? Then I definitely feel that a breakthrough OS should support it. why? Because the future is in virtual machines, and being able to run the OS on minimal hardware means minimal virtual machine hardware costs, and less overhead.

If you can run it efficiently and well on very low resources, then there's less chance of the OS interfering with the programs you want to run, and Vista interferes ALOT with programs with all its background tasks and services.

That's why I'm hoping that they base windows 7 on being as efficient a virtual machine OS as possible, because virtual machines are the future.

No one runs an OS just to run the OS.. you want the programs and systems which run on top of the OS, that's why the OS should be as invisible as possible.

I'm pretty sure they'll screw things up, yet again.. to me what they seem to be doing is taking vista and putting the Office ribbon on top.. that's not change, it's "the change you deserve" type mentality instead of "the change you need"

Expect the windows 7 hype bubble to burst.


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