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 PostPost subject: Windows 7 Overview        Posted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:30 pm 
Windows 7 (formerly codenamed Blackcomb and Vienna) is the next version of Microsoft Windows and the successor to Windows Vista.[4][5] Microsoft has stated that it is "scoping Windows 7 development to a three-year timeframe", and that "the specific release date will ultimately be determined by meeting the quality bar."[6]

Development

History
In 2000, Microsoft started the planning to follow up Windows XP and its server counterpart Windows Server 2003 (both codenamed Whistler) with a major new release of Windows that was codenamed Blackcomb (both codenames refer to the Whistler-Blackcomb resort). This new version was at that time scheduled for a 2005 release.[7][8]

Major features were planned for Blackcomb, including an emphasis on searching and querying data and an advanced storage system named WinFS to enable such scenarios. In this context, a feature mentioned by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates for Blackcomb was "a pervasive typing line that will recognize the sentence that [the user is] typing in."[9]

Later, Blackcomb was delayed and an interim, minor release, codenamed "Longhorn", was announced for a 2003 release.[10] By the middle of 2003, however, Longhorn had acquired some of the features originally intended for Blackcomb, including WinFS, the Desktop Window Manager, and new versions of system components built on the .NET Framework. After the 2003 "Summer of Worms", where three major viruses − Blaster, Sobig, and Welchia − exploited flaws in Windows operating systems within a short time period, Microsoft changed its development priorities, putting some of Longhorn's major development work on hold in order to develop new service packs for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Development of Longhorn was also "reset" in September 2004.


Naming
As major feature work on Windows Vista wound down in early 2006, Blackcomb was renamed Vienna.[11] However, following the release of Windows Vista, it was confirmed by Microsoft on July 20, 2007 that "the internal name for the next version of the Windows Client OS"[6] was Windows 7, a name that had been reported by some sources months before.[11] On October 13th, 2008, it was announced that Windows 7 would also be the official name of the operating system.[12][13]

Mike Nesh, Microsoft's vice-president of Windows product management said:

“ The decision to use the name Windows 7 is about simplicity. Simply put, this is the seventh release of Windows, so therefore Windows 7 just makes sense.
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.[13][14]



Focus
Microsoft's Ben Fathi stated on February 9, 2007 that the focus of the operating system was still being worked out, and he could only hint at some possibilities:[15]

“ We're going to look at a fundamental piece of enabling technology. Maybe it's hypervisors. I don't know what it is [...] Maybe it's a new user interface paradigm for consumers. ”

Bill Gates, in an interview with Newsweek, suggested that the next version of Windows would "be more user-centric."[16] When asked to clarify what he meant, Gates said:

“ That means that right now when you move from one PC to another, you've got to install apps on each one, do upgrades on each one. Moving information between them is very painful. We can use Live Services to know what you're interested in. So even if you drop by a [public] kiosk or somebody else's PC, we can bring down your home page, your files, your fonts, your favorites and those things. So that's kind of the user-centric thing that Live Services can enable. [Also,] in Vista, things got a lot better with [digital] ink and speech, but by the next release there will be a much bigger bet. Students won't need textbooks; they can just use these tablet devices. Parallel computing is pretty important for the next release. We'll make it so that a lot of the high-level graphics will be just built into the operating system. So we've got a pretty good outline. ”

Gates later said that Windows 7 will also focus on performance improvements:[17]

“ We're hard at work, I would say, on the next version, which we call Windows 7. I'm very excited about the work being done there. The ability to be lower power, take less memory, be more efficient, and have lots more connections up to the mobile phone, so those scenarios connect up well to make it a great platform for the best gaming that can be done, to connect up to the thing being done out on the Internet, so that, for example, if you have two personal computers, that your files automatically are synchronized between them, and so you don't have a lot of work to move that data back and forth. ”

Senior Vice President Bill Veghte stated that Windows 7 will not have the kind of compatibility issues with Vista that Vista has with previous versions:[18]

“ You've let us know you don't want to face the kinds of incompatibility challenges with the next version of Windows you might have experienced early with Windows Vista. As a result, our approach with Windows 7 is to build off the same core architecture as Windows Vista so the investments you and our partners have made in Windows Vista will continue to pay off with Windows 7. Our goal is to ensure the migration process from Windows Vista to Windows 7 is straightforward. ”

Speaking about Windows 7 on 16 October 2008, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer confirmed compatibility between Vista and Windows 7:[19]

“ Our next release of Windows will be compatible with Vista. The key is let’s get on with it. We’ll be ready when you want to deploy Windows 7.[19] ”

Ballmer also confirmed the relationship between Vista and Windows 7, indicating that Windows 7 will be an improved version of Vista.[19]


Builds
The first known build of Windows 7 was identified as a "Milestone 1 (M1) code drop" according to TG Daily with a version number of 6.1.6519.1. It was sent to key Microsoft partners by January 2008 in both x86 and x86-64 versions.[20][21] Though not yet commented on by Microsoft, reviews and screenshots have been published by various sources.[22][23] The M1 code drop installation comes as either a standalone install or one which requires Windows Vista with Service Pack 1, and creates a dual-boot system.[24]

On April 20, 2008, screenshots and videos of a second build of M1 were leaked with a version number of 6.1.6574.1. This build included changes to Windows Explorer as well as a new Windows Health Center.[25]

According to the TG Daily article of January 16, 2008, the Milestone 2 (M2) code drop was at that time scheduled for April or May 2008.[20] A Milestone 2 build was demonstrated at the D6 conference[26] with a build number of 6.1.6589.1.x86fre.winmain_win7m2.080420-1634. The build had a different taskbar than found in Windows Vista, with, among other features, sections divided into different colors. The host declined to comment on it, stating "I'm not supposed to talk about it now today".[27][28]


Paint from Windows 7 build 6780 showing the ribbon interface
WordPad from Windows 7 build 6780 showing the ribbon interfaceAccording to Paul Thurrott, Milestone 3 (build 6780) was shipped to Microsoft employees and close partners in the week of September 7, 2008. Described as visually and functionally similar to Windows Vista by Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet[29] and Stephen Chapman of UX Evangelist,[30] some bundled applications in Milestone 3 now use a ribbon interface similar to that of Office 2007.[31] Thinknext.net, the same site that was behind the original leaks of Milestone 1 pictures and video, has since leaked 39 images, and 4 videos of Windows 7 build 6780, though Microsoft has since forced them to take the images down.[32] Many applications that had been integrated into previous versions of Windows have been removed, including Calendar, Contacts, Mail, Meeting Space, Movie Maker, and Photo Gallery and are available as downloads in the Windows Live Wave 3 beta release.[33] WinFuture.de has since leaked 192 images of Windows 7 build 6780.[34]

On October 8, 2008, Winfuture.de released 34 screenshots of Windows 7 build 6801.[35]


Windows 7 Build 6801 with Superbar enabledOn October 28, 2008, Microsoft distributed a pre-beta build of Windows 7 with the build tag 6801.winmain_win7m3.081020-1655[citation needed] to attendees at its Professional Developers Conference (PDC).[36] It was leaked and eventually available for download within hours.[37] It also features a Superbar similar to the one in build 6933 although it is disabled by default. A patch has been released to enable the Superbar in build 6801.[38] Microsoft also demonstrated build 6933.winmain.081020-1842 during the PDC, but did not give it to attendees. It has a new desktop interface, a new taskbar and many new features.

A beta release is planned for early 2009.[39]

As of January 2008[update], the release date of a release candidate is "to be determined."[20] Different Microsoft representatives have suggested late 2009[40] and around January 2010[2] as the release date of Windows 7. InternetNews.com says that June 3, 2009 is the release date internally planned at Microsoft,[3] but it's not clear whether this date refers to RC, RTM, or public availability, and this rumor is currently unconfirmed.


Features
Main article: Features new to Windows 7

Windows 7 Desktop ViewWindows 7 includes a number of new features, such as advancements in touch, speech, and handwriting recognition, support for virtual hard disks, improved performance on multi-core processors, improved boot performance, and kernel improvements.

According to reports sent to TG Daily,[20] the Milestone 1 build of Windows 7 adds support for systems using multiple heterogeneous graphics cards from different vendors and a new version of Windows Media Center.[20] New features in Milestone 1 also reportedly include Gadgets being integrated into Windows Explorer, a Gadget for Windows Media Center, the ability to visually pin and unpin items from the Start Menu and Recycle Bin, improved media features, the XPS Essentials Pack being integrated, and a multiline Calculator featuring Programmer and Statistics modes along with unit conversion.

Reports indicate that a feedback tool included in Milestone 1 lists some coming features: the ability to store Internet Explorer settings on a Windows Live account, updated versions of Paint and WordPad, and a 10-minute install process.[41] In addition, improved network connection tools might be included.

Many new items have been added to the Control Panel including: Accelerators, ClearType Text Tuner, Display Color Calibration Wizard, Gadgets, Infrared, Recovery, Troubleshooting, Workspaces Center, Location and Other Sensors, Credential Manager, Biometric Devices, System Icons, Windows Solution Center, and Display.[42] Windows Security Center has been renamed the Windows Solution Center (Windows Health Center in earlier builds) which encompass both security and maintenance of the computer.

The taskbar has seen the biggest visual changes, where the Quick Launch has been merged with the buttons and the new Jump Lists feature has been introduced.[citation needed]

According to released PDC 2008 (taking place in October 27-30, 2008) session information, Windows 7 discussions will cover "enhancements to the taskbar, Start Menu, thumbnails and their desktop elements",[43] a new networking API with support for building SOAP based web services in native code (as opposed to .NET based WCF web services),[44] new features to shorten application install times, reduced UAC prompts, simplified development of installation packages,[45] and improved globalization support through a new Extended Linguistic Services API.[46]

Windows 7 will also contain a new FireWire (IEEE 1394) stack that fully supports IEEE 1394b with S800, S1600 and S3200 data rates.[47]


Antitrust regulatory attention
The development of Windows 7 has already attracted the attention of the antitrust regulators who oversee Microsoft's operations following the 2001 United States Microsoft antitrust case settlement. According to status reports filed, the three-member panel began assessing the prototypes of the new operating system in February 2008.[48]

Michael Gartenberg, an analyst at Jupiter Research said that, "[Microsoft's] challenge for Windows 7 will be how can they continue to add features that consumers will want that also don't run afoul of regulators.

From: Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7)
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DjRob wrote:
1) If you quote directly from Wikipedia then at least include the link.
2) Do not always believe Wikipedia
3) Blackcomb IS NOT 7.

4) Other wrong things.

5) Welcome, but not a good post to begin.


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DjRob wrote:
1) If you quote directly from Wikipedia then at least include the link.
2) Do not always believe Wikipedia
3) Blackcomb IS NOT 7.

4) Other wrong things.

5) Welcome, but not a good post to begin.


Now now dont be rude!


well he should have linked it no matter what, even better would be just to give a link to Wikipedia if its that large, and fact check it.


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