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.
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