Friday, September 26, 2008

Windows 7 Arriving Early Microsoft to Show Off New OS on October 28

Microsoft has confirmed that attendees of its two forthcoming developer conferences get an early version of Windows 7, the next version of its desktop client.

Microsoft is indeed planning to debut Windows 7 ahead of schedule. The company will take the wraps off Windows 7 on October 28, when Senior Vice President of Windows Steven Sinofsky will show off the next-generation OS during a keynote at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles.

The company made the news official on a blog for the Professional Developer Conference (PDC), the following week will be the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC), also in Los Angeles, and those attendees will also get the early beta.

"At this year’s PDC, keynote attendees will be among the first to receive the pre-beta build of Windows 7. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to attend 21 different sessions that drill down into the details of developing for Windows 7," wrote Denise Begley, a Microsoft marketing manager.

As for what you can expect, leaked screenshots posted earlier this month showed an interface that looks much like Vista, and official previews from the Windows 7 blog confirm those suspicions. Windows 7 will be based on the same kernel that’s in Vista, though Microsoft has promised the usual “enhancements” as well as possible speed bumps. While the OS may not have too much to offer in the way of exciting new features, there is one upside if you are comfortably running Vista at this time Windows 7 probably won’t require that you purchase new hardware, unlike its predecessor.

As usual Microsoft is trying to keep a tight lid on any possible new features but they have confirmed that Windows Mail, Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Movie Maker — won’t be part of Windows 7. Instead, the company plans to push the Windows Live equivalents as downloadable add-ons.

By cutting out the bloat hopefully Microsoft has decreased the install times as well as the overall footprint of the operating system.

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