Archive for August 2008
In a recent interview for MSNBC, Bill Gates said Vista will be “more user-centric” to an extent at which “even if you drop by a kiosk or somebody else’s PC, we can bring down your home page, your files, your fonts, your favorites and those things.”
In a recent interview for MSNBC, Bill Gates said Vista will be “more user-centric” to an extent at which “even if you drop by a kiosk or somebody else’s PC, we can bring down your home page, your files, your fonts, your favorites and those things.” The Tablet PC will also continue to be pushed on the market as a version of Windows 7 accommodating Tablet PCs will be released, one where the digital ink and speech will play a much bigger role.
A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed for WindowsVienna.com and Geekpedia.com that the development of Windows 7 will take approximately 3 years from the general availability of Windows Vista, which would put the release date somewhere in 2011.
A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed for WindowsVienna.com and Geekpedia.com that the development of Windows 7 will take approximately 3 years from the general availability of Windows Vista, which would put the release date somewhere in 2011: We are currently in the planning stages for Windows 7 and development is scoped to three years from Windows Vista Consumer GA. The specific release date will be determined once the company meets its quality bar for release.
For PDC 2008, Microsoft is releasing screenshots of Windows 7 that confirm the rumors of a new taskbar, start menu and fewer warnings.
New screenshots of the Windows 7 operating system have been released by Microsoft, showing off a new Taskbar that groups application instances together, no longer showing their name but only their icon; when hovering over the icon, thumbnails of applications in that group will pop-up. The order of the applications can now also be changed.
The Start Menu suffered a small redesign and has been reorganized to show frequent and recent applications on the right pane.
A gadget-enabled desktop that replaces the Vista sidebar; all of Vista’s sidebar gadgets will be compatible with the new gadget-enabled desktop.
Alerts will not be seen as often in Windows 7 as when using Windows Vista. The new Action Center allows you to control the pop-up balloons that show up in the System Tray. All the messages will now queue up in the Action Center and can be resolved by the user when ready, or the user can shut them down alltogether.
Tablet PCs will benefit from Windows 7′s multitouch capabilities. Other new features in the showcased Windows 7 version include an easier home networks setup process, and a new way to display a folder’s content (typically when it contains pictures and other media,) called Library.
Constantly updated answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding Windows 7, the upcoming operating system from Microsoft.
by Andrew Pociu
What is Windows 7?
The upcoming Windows desktop operating system following Windows Vista. It is currently in development at Microsoft.
When will Windows 7 ship?
Originally, a Microsoft VP confirmed that Windows 7 is expected to be released in January 2010, which puts it in the three-year period after the general availability of Windows Vista (which took place in January 2007.) However, more recent news claim to have Windows 7 released 6 months earlier, in June 3, 2009.
Why the name ‘Windows 7′?
If the history of naming products at Microsoft has thought us anything, it’s that until very soon before the release of the product, we will be dealing with a code-name. This means that Windows 7 is not the final name of the product. The reason behind the name is that Windows Vista is using NT Kernel version 6, and Windows 7 will presumably be labeled with NT Kernel version 7.
Is Windows 7 the same as Windows Vienna?
Yes; Windows 7 was previously named Windows Vienna (hence the name of this website) and before that, Windows Blackcomb. They are the same operating systems only with different names.
Is Windows 7 a major operating system release?
Since “major” is a relative term, and it can mean different things to different people, there is no straight answer to this one. Windows 7 will not break all compatibility with previous applications and hardware supported by Windows Vista for the sake of starting from scratch, despite original reports that claimed so. All the security hardening introduced in Vista will be found in Windows 7. Windows Vista serves as a foundation for upcoming Windows operating systems (such as Windows 7 and the already released Windows Server 2008.)
Are there any distinguished features of Windows 7?
While Microsoft is being careful at releasing details on the features of Windows 7, the released videos and screenshots show an improved Windows Explorer, WinFS storage technology (but under a different name), improved search functions (for the local system, networks and the Internet) and a revamped GUI designed by Julie Larson-Green and other members of the team responsible for the Office 2007 ribbon interface.
Will Windows 7 be released exclusively for 64-bit processors?
No, but it will be the last one to ship for 32-bit processors.
How many people are working on Windows 7?
According to Microsoft, over 2000 developers and 500 managers.
On Thursday, the Release Candidate version of Windows 7 was prematurely made available for download on Microsoft.com, as Microsoft is in the process of drafting up the final version of the operating system to be released later this year.
The page that made the download possible for both 32 bit and 64 bit systems, has since been removed, since it’s only supposed to be made available to the public in the month of May. The testing program will remain open for approximately one month, until June, but the build itself won’t expire for another year.
The following content was made available by Microsoft on the download page:
Windows 7 Release Candidate
Published: May 2009
Welcome to Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) testing. We’re on our way to Windows 7, and the RC is a great opportunity for IT professionals like you to take Windows 7 and begin testing it in your real environment. You get to see what’s coming, and we get to see if our changes and fixes from the Beta testing are working correctly. We want to encourage you to install and actively test the RC code. This will help us ensure Windows 7 is the best possible release, and help you get ready for Windows 7 deployment.
Here’s what you need to know:
- This is pre-release software, so please read the following to get an idea of the risks and key things you need to know before you try the RC.
- You don’t need to rush to get Windows 7 RC. The RC release will be available at least through June 2009 and we’re not limiting the number of product keys, so you have plenty of time.
- Watch the calendar. Windows 7 RC will expire on June 1, 2010. So if you install the RC release you’ll either need to upgrade to the final version of Windows 7 before that date, or install a prior version of Windows. (For more about installing Windows, see installation instructions.
- Protect your PC and data . Be sure to back up your data and please don’t test Windows 7 RC on your primary home or business PC.
- Technical details/updates: before installing the RC please read the Release Notes, and Things to Know for important information about the release.
- Keep up with the news. You can keep up with general technical information and news by following the Springboard Series blog or Windows team blog. Want technical guidance, tips, and tools? Visit the Springboard Series on TechNet.
- And, you can get non-technical news, tips, and offers on the Springboard Series on TechNet
- Keep your PC updated: Be sure turn on automatic updates in Windows Update in case we publish updates for the RC.
- Microsoft Partners: Learn more about Windows 7on the Microsoft Partner Portal.
Here’s what you need to have:
- Internet access (to download Windows 7 RC and get updates)
- A PC with these minimum recommended specifications:
1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor or higher
1 GB of system memory or more
16 GB of available disk space
Support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128 MB memory (to enable the Aero theme)
Please note these specifications could change. And, some product features of Windows 7, such as the ability to watch and record live TV or navigation through the use of “touch,” may require advanced or additional hardware.
Get the download
The 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 RC are available in five languages: English, German, Japanese, French, and Spanish. (Note: The RC version will not be available in Hindi or Arabic.) Just choose the version that fits the system you’ll be using, pick your language, and click go to register for and download the RC.
Downloading the Windows 7 RC could take a few hours. The exact time will depend on your provider, bandwidth, and traffic. The good news is that once you start the download, you won’t have to answer any more questions – you can walk away while it finishes. If your download gets interrupted, it will restart where it left off. See this FAQ for details.
Existing TechNet Plus subscribers, download the Windows 7 RC software here. Not a subscriber yet? Learn more about TechNet Plus.
Select the Windows 7 RC version you want to download
Choose between the 32-bit and 64-bit versions, based on the version of Windows you are currently running and your machine’s hardware configuration. Each version is available in five languages: English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.
Download the 32-bit (x86) version: Select Your LanguageEnglishFrenchGermanJapaneseSpanish
Download the 64-bit (x64) version: Select Your LanguageEnglishFrenchGermanJapaneseSpanish
Information about Windows 7 is preliminary and subject to change. Some product features of Windows 7, such as the ability to watch and record live TV or navigation through the use of “touch,” may require advanced or additional hardware. The features and functionality you find in the pre-release product may not appear in the final version of Windows 7. If we change the software before it’s released, we’ll change this information accordingly. We’re not making express or implied warranties with this information.