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Microsoft has announced that the final, official name of the next version of Windows will be the same as the codename – Windows 7 – making this the first version of Windows to keep its codename as its release name.

The codename Windows 7 has turned out to be more than just a codename this time around for Microsoft, as the company has agreed to keep things simple and keep the name Windows 7 for the final release of the operating system as well.

As Mike Nash, corporate vice president of Windows Product Management puts it:

“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.”

This is the first time a Windows version has used its codename also as the name of the final release, and also one of the earliest naming announcements from Microsoft, as Windows 7 hasn’t even reached its first beta version. A pre-beta will be handed out to attendees of the PDC and WinHEC conferences taking place later this month.

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At WinHEC, Microsoft demoed the new multitouch capabilities that come with Windows 7 with the support of N-trig (a popular producer of touchscreen displays) who has already released the first multitouch-enabling drivers for Windows 7.

The multitouch capabilities of Windows 7 were demoed at WinHEC this year, showing how Windows 7 makes tablet PCs and other touch-enabled devices much easier to use. Among the applications demoed, there was Virtual Earth, Microsoft Paint, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Worldwide Telescope.

Windows 7 drivers for the multitouch displays found in Dell Latitude XT Tablet PCs have already been released by N-trig, the producer of the touchscreens for these devices. The drivers are in a pre-beta stage, running on a pre-beta version of Windows 7, therefore bugs are common and expected.

“Working with Microsoft, we are building the infrastructure that is fueling HOC innovation in the PC marketplace,” said Amihai Ben David, CEO of N-trig. “With this foundation in place, ISVs can now create new applications to further enhance the usability and reduce the barriers between people and computers. Additionally, these software advancements give OEMs a high level of interactivity for a dynamic interface that will open up further avenues for development.”

“We’re excited to bring multi-touch to Windows 7 to create a unique experience for customers to easily search for information, navigate web pages and locate files all at their fingertips,” said Gary Schare, Director of Hardware Ecosystem Product Management at Microsoft Corp. “N-trig’s DuoSense technology is key to enabling multi-touch experiences by allowing customers a natural way to interact directly with computing devices through a touch of a finger.”

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Information regarding the long awaited event for the launch of Windows 7 has been released; online registration is available, and attendees are being rewarded with a free copy of Windows 7.

“The New Efficiency” is the name that Microsoft has adopted for its 3-in-one launch event, where it plans to introduce individuals and businesses to 3 new products: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange Server 2010.

The event is set to run in 25 different locations across the United States, September 24 through November 9. Anyone can sign up at Microsoft’s Business website and choose to attend various event tracks for developers and IT professionals. The seats at these events get occupied fairly quickly, particularly because of the free copy of Windows 7 incentive, thus reserving early is a good idea.

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