Windows 7 Unveiled Today at PDC 2008

Windows 7 Unveiled Today at PDC 2008

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Hi all, Mike Nash here live from the Professional Developers Conference.

Today we are unveiling Windows 7 to the world here at the PDC taking place in Los Angeles this week. I am excited to be bringing you this news in the very first post on our brand new Windows 7 Team Blog here on The Windows Blog website. Here, we will focus on delivering to you all the important Windows 7 news and announcements. I look forward to utilizing this blog as a way to talk to you about Windows 7 in the future.

Windows is the world's most popular software product.  With more than a billion customers worldwide, Windows has created an ecosystem of hardware and software developers that continue to offer growing choices and capabilities for consumers and businesses around the world. Because of this, we believe PDC is the perfect place to show off Windows 7 for the first time - in front of thousands of developers anxious to start taking advantage of the new advancements in Windows 7.  

Windows 7 will build on the substantial investments the company has made in the fundamentals with Windows Vista - improving security, reliability and performance while improving security features that people expect. Windows 7 is designed to be compatible with the same hardware, applications, and device drivers as Windows Vista today.

Windows 7 will offer improved navigation, a new taskbar and a streamlined UI so that common tasks done in Windows are done easier and more quickly.  You will be able to share data to all your PCs and devices in your home network or at work. With Windows 7 + Windows Live, you will be able to stay connected to the people that matter to you, and with Internet Explorer 8 you will get a faster, safer, more productive Web experience.

Along with Touch Gestures and Device Stage, Windows 7 enables you to get more out of your devices including the ones you use most often like your digital cameras, mobile phones and printers.  Windows 7 makes it easier to use networked media devices to play music, watch videos, and display photos that are on your Windows PC.

And Windows 7 will offer more options than ever to customize and personalize your Windows PC with styles that match your personality.

Windows 7 is being designed to be a solid platform for developers so that they can enable next-generation solutions for Windows.  Developers can be more productive and offer new capabilities to their applications utilizing new API's in Windows 7. Here at the PDC, we are delivering the first pre-beta of Windows 7 to developers.  This was the first developer release of Windows in recent history to be API-complete when first delivered.

The next phase for the development team is getting to beta. For Windows 7 this will be a feature complete beta and we expect that to be available to customers in early 2009.  Feature complete means that we will not be adding any new features once we get to beta (since they are all there) but will instead focus on fixing bugs that we find in our testing and in feedback that customers give us.  By being API complete now and feature complete at the beta, we will also make it easier for our ecosystem partners to builds solutions for Windows 7.  Watch this blog or www.microsoft.com/windows for information about how to get the beta when it's available.

Mike

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  • thank you for informations.

  • mordie
    6 Posts

    This is getting more excited about the upcoming beta. Can't wait to get my hands on the beta to see what it can do - Be interesting to see how will it will work with in the organisation (Higher Educational Environment) from both an IT Support/Deployment view and as a Workstation desktop tool.  

    That's if I can get into the beta :P

    Win7 Looking good so far ...  I noticed someone post a link to a naughty build in the comments here but i'd rater wait for the offical beta release - at least then I can offer offical feedback as a user :)

  • My concern is the same.... windows 7 developers should take feedback from normal users first and then the developers..... as everybody knows that developers dont go for UI and general functioning of the OS.....they want to crack it open ....i know this cuz i also want to do this but if u talk to a normal user he/she is confused and just wants to explore on their own with no problems.....

  • Marko
    1 Posts

    My question is how to become beta tester of Win 7 ? What do i need for ? thx

  • nvr2fst
    1 Posts

    How about a performance mode. Services killer. This would be for gamers and power users. Have mode options in taskbar or somewhere where you can have a predetermined group shut down . Presets built in for when a user wants all the resources they can get to run a game or video editing. You know we have been going through the services trying to kill off what we dont need at all or any given time. All services are not needed. You guys know better than us what you can shut down without stopping the internet or what have you. Different modes will have different shutdowns. Give an explanation of each mode. Gaming mode... a popup may ask online or offline. That will allow resources for the internet to be left on for online gaming. Anything added (that creates a service or uses one after the OS is installed could be user set.

  • knash
    2 Posts

    "I look forward to utilizing this blog as a way to talk to you about Windows 7 in the future. "

     Exactly how far "in the future" did you mean?

    Oct 2008  to Jan 2009...

    Maybe today ,or tomorrow?

    Thanks........

  • Hurr0
    1 Posts

    Very interested in joining the "Legitimate Beta" of Windows 7. I am currently using Windows Vista 32-bit, and was planning on buying the new Intel i7 chip with a new MB that can run it just for fun. Anyhow if there is a way to sign up for a "Legitimate Beta" for Windows 7, does anyone know how I can do this? Thanks for everything Microsoft - Hurr0

  • Presently I hv Windows Vista Ultimate 2007.  I wld like to analyze/compare performance of Windows 7 to Vista.  I wld provide any info to MS.  

    I hv two computers one wld stay on Vista and one for Windows 7.

  • knash
    2 Posts

     There should only have been a

    Windows 7-Vista version  and

    Windows 7-XP version.  

    Windows 7-Vista could be Vista and all the updates that

    make it look like the new Windows 7 .

    Windows 7-XP could look like XP on the desktop,

    but,"under the hood" contain as many upgrades out

    of Windows 7,as could be implemented,(with still

    making it "look" like XP)..

    Then,I'm sure,the Vista fans would be happy,and

    possibly most of the XP fans...

    Also,please implement a way to make

    "Advanced search" the default.

    Anyway, I think we are all ready to give Windows 7 a spin!!

                                 Thanks

  • DoCi
    1 Posts

    !! WINDOWS 7 IS THE BEST OPERATING SYSTEM FROM MICROSOFT!! GOOD JOB!

    HAPPY NEW *2009*

    FROM MACEDONIA............

  • 3 YEARS FROM JAN 2007?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    WE'LL ALL GROW OLD BY THEN...

    Hush up the progress, Microsoft!

    Make it snappy, snazzy, ...everything!

    (i know its a tough job, but i can't wait!)

  • Hi, great to hear about windows 7

  • Hi,  I read about windows 7 in magazine. It is nice two hear about windows 7. I m gandhi from india i have completed MCSE/MCSA/MCDBA . I love windows so much and i m expecting this new ver of windows. Right now we have more 300 Corporate customes in india.  Most of the customers are using windows only. this will be greate UI we are expecting.

    thanks for giving new ver of windows 7

  • tahnk you

  • I have been a windows user since DOS 5 and Win 3.1. With these later version of windows up to Windows 7 there is only one thing that bugs me( I don’t want talk all the other ones, that’s another story). Why doesn’t MS makes an OS that you can actually “mirror” the UI? Allow me, keyboard in front of monitor and mouse on the right side of keyboard which goes for most of us.

    Then you open a folder: you have scrollbar on the right, ok; open close minimize icons on the right, ok; but then file menu options on the other side of the window… left; back and forward icons on the right again. Well after a while of opening folders and IE windows you find yourself going from left to right and back and forth… Welcome to carpal tunnel and other serious wrist complications.

    Why in the world don’t they put everything on the same side of the window(folder IE, and other apps) like they do if you are an Asian or  Arab windows user? Their UI is right to left, but ours(western) is left to right.

    This also happens to any other OS vendor and apps designers. This could be a breakthrough for MS. It might entail some real code writing, but I know it’s feasible plus MS can offer it as an option later on. It may sound silly but I shared it with other users and they feel the same. If you can pass it on to MS as an improvement for all of us.

  • gramlik
    2 Posts

    Hi. How I can receive a code for activation? Already hackers have made crack, but I wish to receive a code of activation from Microsoft to work with Windows 7 Ultimate Beta 1 Build 7000 32 bit or 64 bit. If will send a code I will be very glad.

  • gramlik
    2 Posts

    Hi. As I can receive a code for activation. Already hackers have made crack, but I wish to receive a code of activation from Microsoft to work with Windows 7 Ultimate Beta 1 Build 7000 32 bit or 64 bit. If will send a code I will be very glad.

  • GhostGL
    3 Posts

    So how do i signup for the rss feed?

  • i never ever seen an os like that! amazing

    microsoft is the best with windows 7

    congratulation

    7000 beta works very very good with my hardware

  • I tried and I liked xp ... I tried and I liked the light and hope to prove follower microsoft windows 7 ...

    I would soon have an official beta ...

  • this is so cool will their be a beta for the public

  • tom1955
    1 Posts

    Greetings Mike

    Yes, I did beta test Vista.

    So I was wondering if there will be a chance that I'd be able to

    beta test Windows 7 ??

    I'd like to give it a try out.

    Happy New Years

    Tom1955

  • I beta tested Vista and as what most would refer to as 'an ordinary user' I think that its very important that we are allowed to beta test Windows 7. Ordinary users don't tend to use their computers in quite the same way as the business user or the much more proficient user. It wasn't until us 'ordinary users' managed to get our hands on Vista that loads of problems emerged.

    I sent lots of feedback during my testing of Vista and would do exactly the same for Windows 7. Its important guys that you also include us in beta testing any of your new programs.

    TG

  • WHAT TIME CAN WE HAVE BETA VERSION....i wanna try it ..

  • IS anyone able to answer a simple question..

    Is the beta out?

  • Can someone tell me if it will take less ram or something except the startup time ??

    e-mail me:martingemme_123@hotmail.com

  • Hi community.

    Just a few hints what W7 has to bring with from the 1st day!

    1.a good FTP client.

    2.a powerfull remote desktop client

    3.a easy to use rename tool....users have a lot of pictures so help them to handle the mass of files.

    4.a file converter tool for videos and sound!!!! (i have 4 or 5 installed)

    5.a tool to synchronize folders or devices!!!

    6.a tool that can handle iso images like isobuster

    7.a tool to handle usb devices (i want that a stick always has the same drive name!!!!. In a company network with 10 network shares its not funny when a stick is hidden, cause he takes the same name like a network device, and then the user says: hmm my mac can handle this".....THIS SUCKS!

    8. a virtual sandbox tool where i can test programs without installing virtual pc.(sell it as "security feature")

    1,3,5,6,7,8 u can integrate in the windows explorer

    just a few hints from a user who works with windows since W95, administrates a domain with 100 clients and always has to install the same third party programs to work with his windows pc.

  • DONT break any European regulations please.

  • gk007
    2 Posts

    And also, if you already have the Pre Beta, do you get build updates through Windows Update?

    Just wondering, because I have been testing one of the builds for a while now...

  • gk007
    2 Posts

    Yeah, I've seen that too, they are calling it 'Windows 7 Beta 1 Build 7000'...

    Is that fake?  I want the original beta so much, lol. Can't wait for it.

  • Is BETA is out? Because some warez sites has already released it. I don't want warez tho. I want original one.

  • wat r the system requirements for Windows 7?

  • Has the beta already been released then?

  • fuchueh
    21 Posts

    Start Menu Bug:

    Drag a item (Computer/Control Panel/etc.) to recently opened programs, you will can't remove it.

    look screenshot:

    uploads.bizhat.com/.../371273

    Internet Explorer VS. Windows Explorer - Button layout:

    1) Windows Explorer Button layiut very crowded.

    2) Internet Explorer Button layout very appropriate.

    3) Windows Explorer Inverted triangle Button very unsightly with crowded.

    look screenshot:

    uploads.bizhat.com/.../371271

    download screenshot:

    www.badongo.com/.../12661752

  • haahee
    1 Posts

    i think the release of windows 7 is very close to the release of vista. It is quite annoying for people who have just bought vista that it will very soon be replaced. i understand the new operating system is supposed to be much better than vista, as a lot of people say it has many problems and is quite vulnerable. but thats not faur to make people stick with windows vista, the most vulnerable one, on a brand new computer, and its not likely they'll be buying another anytime soon. windows 7 is great, but most of the changes you should be able to do my windows update. If microsoft need their users to have the best quality they can have, windows 7 should be an automatic windows update for vista users as the only big difference is the strength. many people agree that they wouldn't bother buying a new operating system unless they need a brand new computer. there's no point after 3 years having to buy a new version. windows 7 SHOULD of been the windows vista, and very soon most people will forget about vista, so why didnt you think about making vista like 7?

  • bfhy
    1 Posts

    I like Windows 7

  • I love Microsoft Windows Vista, but isn't it time for Microsoft just to scrap Windows all together and totally redo it?  I believe if Microsoft was to do this, they could make an OS that is really reliable, stable, and doesn't use alot of resources. They also should push for 64-bit only operating systems like Apple did. They perform alot better then the 32-bit version.

    Microsoft also needs to listen to their loyal customers more. A lot of people have many ideas but Microsoft doesn't seem to want to listen. But, I will give them credit with IE8. I am a beta tester for that and they have listened to the feedback that they have recieved. I am extremely proud of them.

    For Windows 7, Microsoft needs to make it easier to upgrade to, shutdown and boot faster, use less resources, and why not just release a Full Installation Disc that has the choice of upgrading or installing a clean version? This would encourage more people to upgrade to it and may make it cheaper. I have Vista Ultimate x64. I paid a lot for the Full Installation Disc. Also, release one version of it that works on Home and Business computers. Releasing many different versions is stupid. Business and home users would make out fine just using Vista Ultimate.

    Other then that, hurry up and release Windows 7 Beta 1, I can't wait to test it out!

  • Windows 7 BETA - Eu quero - I want to use - Eu Amo essa Família - I love this family.

    I would like to sing up to the windows 7 beta also, as i did with windows vista betas. I test this in Windows 7 beta version in Portuguese/Brasil or ingle.

    why I love the windows!

    : ) thanks

  • this is the first test i was excited about, please add my name to test windows 7   i cant wait

  • I agree with the comments related to us "normal" or "common" PC users.  I am not a developer, but I do have 8 computers on my home network and run a lot of different software.  I have half of them running Windows XP Pro and the rest running Vista Ultimate.  I would very  much like to be in the beta testing group and see how Windows 7 compares.  After all of the issues of finding drivers for Vista and the incompatibilities of programs, I'm hoping that moving to Windows 7 will go better.

    Simpler, fast and efficient would be nice!

  • Please microsoft:

    1.

    Let us theme the OS easily. Hopefully some talented individuals will make some good themes online. Some people like myself hate the "new" look.

    Gripes:

    a. Why does my menu shade a horrible colour of blue when I select it?

    b. Why does my menu item shade a horrible colour of blue when I select it?

    b. Why does my text shade a horrible colour of blue when I select it?

    c. Why do most things shade a horrible colour of blue when I select it?

    d. Transparency is great, but not for title bars please.

    e. When I select a new style combo box path, it goes into text edit mode. Fine. Thank you. Why can't it go back to combo box mode after I naviagate away?

    f. I hate the new icon/file select rectangle that surrounds everything I select. Why not just highlight it blue (nice shade!) like in XP. Its clean.

    g. I liked the XP style start menu. It was fast, and I could see a list the vertical sie of my monitor, when it opened. The new one is restricted regardless of how much Y res I have. At the point i click "Programs" all I care about is how easy it is to find a program, (not whether the list only occupies a small space) and a large list is easier.

    h. I like small icons on my desktop please. No fancy large PNG rubbish.  XP size is good. Its supposed to be an icon, not an image! Thankyou.

    I know most of all this can be changed. I have to resort to Classic mode to get something usable. Then I dont benefit from snazzy graphics. Other people buy add on software to do it, but I dont want to add to all the programs running already!...Why can't ms hire some graphics designers! (or hire them from somewhere else...)

    2.

    Keep all my settings in one place please. In XP I could get to all via looking at the icons in control panel. Now my setting are as icons as explorer bar text links....etc etc... I dont want to find a setting in a "See Also " list. Just one place please.

    3.

    Bring tahoma back! Don't like that other font.

    Guess im not saying anything new here, but XP was far more usable. I've had no compatibility problems with Vista and I am a .net programmer, so i appreciate all the behind the scenes changes that have went into Vista, which are of certain improvement.........

    But I have to look at/use the front end!!!!!! :)

    Thankyou

  • Please microsoft:

    1.

    Let us theme the OS easily. Hopefully some talented individuals will make some good themes online. Some people like myself hate the "new" look.

    Gripes:

    a. Why does my menu shade a horrible colour of blue when I select it?

    b. Why does my menu item shade a horrible colour of blue when I select it?

    b. Why does my text shade a horrible colour of blue when I select it?

    c. Why do most things shade a horrible colour of blue when I select it?

    d. Transparency is great, but not for title bars please.

    e. When I select a new style combo box path, it goes into text edit mode. Fine. Thank you. Why can't it go back to combo box mode after I naviagate away?

    f. I hate the new icon/file select rectangle that surrounds everything I select. Why not just highlight it blue (nice shade!) like in XP. Its clean.

    g. I liked the XP style start menu. It was fast, and I could see a list the vertical sie of my monitor, when it opened. The new one is restricted regardless of how much Y res I have. At the point i click "Programs" all I care about is how easy it is to find a program, (not whether the list only occupies a small space) and a large list is easier.

    h. I like small icons on my desktop please. No fancy large PNG rubbish.  XP size is good. Its supposed to be an icon, not an image! Thankyou.

    I know most of all this can be changed. I have to resort to Classic mode to get something usable. Then I dont benefit from snazzy graphics. Other people buy add on software to do it, but I dont want to add to all the programs running already!...Why can't ms hire some graphics designers! (or hire them from somewhere else...)

    2.

    Keep all my settings in one place please. In XP I could get to all via looking at the icons in control panel. Now my setting are as icons as explorer bar text links....etc etc... I dont want to find a setting in a "See Also " list. Just one place please.

    3.

    Bring tahoma back! Don't like that other font.

    Guess im not saying anything new here, but XP was far more usable. I've had no compatibility problems with Vista and I am a .net programmer, so i appreciate all the behind the scenes changes that have went into Vista, which are of certain improvement.........

    But I have to look at/use the front end!!!!!! :)

    Thankyou

  • Gerardo
    1 Posts

    Hey mike just  one suggestion,look like everyone here that write someting about the 7 is a developer ,well i think apart of the developers ,the people who is going to actually said if windows 7 is going to be better than vista is the normal people that when 7 is ready on the market  are going to buy those pcs so my question is how can i test windows 7?

    let me know please.thanks

    pd. to let you know i am a computer technician.( sorry about my english)

  • Namtih
    4 Posts

    Don't expect any answers here guys.

  • "Through a new set of DirectX APIs, Win32 developers can take advantage of the latest innovations in GPUs to add fast, scalable, high-quality, 2D and 3D graphics, text, and images to their applications."

    Does this mean Windows controls in a DirectX window?

  • Just remember, Bill just as in Clinton is finally out of the office for good.

    Now let developers of the new OS 7 do what the people have asked for ever since Vista bombed out.

    I only hope that it comes out EARLY 2009 and not later. I am looking forward to the new OS. that way I can stop mentioning that Vista word.

  • Namtih
    4 Posts

    Can any of you reply to my problem?

    It's annoying.

    Give me some advice..

  • I only have one additional request for Win7, better desktop background control than Vista. Try putting a high rez vertically oriented picture on your desktop, it can't be done. Either it goes beyond the screen, or it's stretched out to the sides.

    I know it's a small thing, but it's an important small thing. XP and previous versions could do it right, why can't Vista?

  • Namtih
    4 Posts

    Please, is there anyone who knows what should i do?

  • Namtih
    4 Posts

    Hello.

    I installed the new Windosw 7 about i have no complains yet, besides one major one: i cannot connect to the internet. I have a nVidia Nforce3 250(with a single chip).

    Could somebody give me some advise? I really like it and would like to keep it. Thank you.

  • windows explorer have a problem after many time windows 7 installed

  • Please i need to know why did you call new of this version ''windows7''

    can i know ? 7 what's its aim ?

  • I again agree with the previous blogger who suggested that us non developers get access to the Beta. I mean come on, the developers of the world out there are going to look for bugs within maybe their own products and not the overall UI and the general usage of Windows 7. I believe that having a public, or atleast a selection of Non-Developers to gain access to the Beta Test. This is because, Microsoft, your users care more about the actual system working, not applications. A normal user wouldn't like to see an awful UI and BSODs 24/7 would they?

    To end this comment, I read above that some people jump a version, ie from XP - Windows 7, I do this exact same thing and so do probably millions of other PC owners. How many of the people in the "I'm A PC and I...." commercials run XP and would like to go to Windows 7 without going via Vista do you think? Most likely a large number of them. So my questions today are:

    1. Will non-developers be able to Beta test Windows 7?

    2. Will selected people chosen to Beta test Windows 7 be allowed to upgrade from XP?

    Kind Regards,

    Jamie

  • seumas
    1 Posts

    I agree with a previous blogger who wants the beta testing to be done by us "ordinary"people and not just I.T. experts. There is lot to be learned [and fixed] before we have to fork out hard earned cash for the Latest O.S. I would not expect that Vista owners would get preferential treatment in the form of a cheaper upgrade or discount so lets make the whole system better from the start and not do all the improvements after the money has been gathered in. I beta tested Vista and liked it and I went out and bought a copy of the RTM wearing it's ultimate jacket. A disappointing and frustrating 2 years later I have installed SP2 beta and the increase in stability and compatability is amazing. I have had no feedback,however, from MS about some of the processor power management bugs I have reported and one helpdesk buddy told me it was beyond the scope of their expertise and clean install my system to see if that helped.

    My point you may be asking is simply just let us get testing and reporting and remember that the feedback works two ways.

    Seumas

  • Nicky
    1 Posts

    Wait For Windows 7!!!

  • sp00k
    1 Posts

    Have been using build 6801 for about a month now and it has been a great experience (for a pre-beta).

    I've only come across one or two small issues, but only one thats made me a little nuts:

    Problem: Downloading a file from the web and wanting to save it to a folder (with same name of file being downloaded). On the save dialog box new folder is selected and prompt is now in the name filed of the "new" folder. Name is typed in and for some strange reason it starts to rename the last item listed in the target folder. I have been able to reproduce this many times and am starting to find this very inconvenient as I have to create the new folder, deselect it and then rename.

    Update: It seems as if it renames the last item listed in the folder (any view).

    Games: CoD5, Farcry 2 both run fine but Battlefiled 2 craches soon after it starts to load.

    No driver issues to speak of.

    Processor   Intel Core2 Duo E8400

    Memory        4 GB OCZ DDR2-1200

    Video Card BFG GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB

    Soundcard X-fi Xtreme gamer

  • Joshuwa
    1 Posts

    i second on what Bobby Emmett Said

  • As a graphic design student (using a lovely iMac, what else!) I would really like to see Microsoft work a little more on the visual aspects of Windows for Windows 7. I'm really not keen on the glass look, there's too much blue all over the place, and I'm noticing still a lot of borders and outlines and gradients that don't look necessary. The UI needs to be more constrained and not be too intrusive on the information it shows.

    I am a bit of a Macfan but really want Microsoft to do it this time. Find some decent graphic designers and don't worry about losing brand identity, Microsoft is well known enough to get away with it I think!

    Personally, I'd start with the logo and make the whole thing one color, no shading or shine etc... and then the rest needs to move on from the fuzzy, blurry look and sharpen up a bit.

    That said, the new OS is looking like a massive improvement, looking forward to the beta! (on bootcamp, not switching back to PC just yet...)

  • Max
    1 Posts

    Hi Mike it`s a great newstell us.

    But anyway the bugs found on vista are all resolved?

    I hope so cause it cost me a lot time to prevent my pc to not bug on.

    I found a lot bugs of security on vista and reported to ms and i want to know what you`re doing about it.

    I hope the 7 comes stable and without bugs that panes on O.S.

    At this moment what i`ve been read about 7 it`s so wonderful then i can`t believe it.

    The windows explore still so slow,what you`re doing to bring us with speed and secure web browser?

    Don`t you think it`s the time to change it for Firefox Mozilla???

    About windows register why it still get broken so easily???

    Why not include the CCleaner aplication on 7 to manager the fragile register?

    I hope you`re not think just about look of 7 but on new tecnology to bring us a real O.S satisfactory working cos it coast so much to us buy a broken O.S if you think about then you can get a Ubuntu Linux 64 for free and guess what? it works so well...then i`m not using vista anymore.

    I`m waint for good news from 7 team cos i really want get back to windows.

  • I would really love to beta test the new platform. I'm by no means a designer, but I am an average person who is quite proficient with most softwares. Not to mention, it would give a 'normal person' perspective. Just a thought, I'd love to help make history with this new operating system. I've heard alot of good things!

  • I think Windows 7 developers should go take a look at whats being doen with windows by Stardock.  A suiite of programs allows you to fully customize the widows interface to any thing you can think or dream of.  WindowsBlinds skins the Taskbar, StartMenu, Folder opions including complete transparency. DesktopX witch allows you to make complete desktops with any desigh or feel. Ability to turn any idea into a gadet or staneolne exe or widget.  I think this is what people would want, Areo was a step in the right direction but it does not go far enuff. If anyone is interested in what can be done using DesktopX here is a link to download a desktop I created for my Kids. www.filesend.net/download.php

  • khmasih
    1 Posts

    Hi all,

    I can't wait the day installing windows 7! If any one had done it pls tell me how you got it! I'm searching every day to download it but till now couldn't find it. I'm really gonna be crazy..

  • molhm
    1 Posts

    I propose windows 7 are two Versions:

    1 - windows 7 simple: simple , rapid and practical design

    2 - windows 7: beautiful and attractive design

  • I hope Microsoft gets the audio right. I have a Creative Audigy 4 card, that is now working fine with Vista, but with the same latest driver loaded on Win 7. When playing a game or watching a video, the sound gets really weird, like it is going through some sort of synthesizer.

    I remember this happening in Vista a while back, and I think it may still briefly happen, but Win 7 does it A LOT!

    I realize this is of course beta, but that is the purpose of testing. Not everyone is going to have the latest sound card, and Audigy's are still popular. Microsoft should look into this. They could even remote into my pc to figure it out :)

  • Wow, That's awesome. At least you're aware that Vista is a bit ridiculous. It would be easy to sit here and mention all the things you need to change, However, If you really want to get it right, just adopt a Unix Kernel, make a kick ass UI, and abandon the backwards compatibility that has been the ball and chain for the last 20 years. Yeah, folks will be pissed for about a year, but then you will have a sweet platform to build on for years to come and you won't be considered the Toy operating system any more. Really, refactoring IS the way.

  • when is the beta going to be

  • haha. i just love watching microsoft try to compete with apple. everyone knows that macs just run better, are more user-friendly, and look nicer.

  • When can I get a beta copy?

    BTW, I love the name Windows 7. Can we keep it? If it ends up with a name like Windows High-Dee-Ho, I'm not going to buy it.

    As for develoeprs keeping in touch with the typical computer owner, we had a developer do what became known as "the mother test." Her mother hadn't used computers and the developer let her mother run the software. It was quite an eye-opener.

    I normally skip one version. I went from W95 to W98SE to XP, skipping W98 and W2K. I'll skip Vista and my next PC will have W7.

  • Can we make sure that driver issues wont be as bad it was with Vista,is there any way to allow Windows 7 use Vista,XP,Windows 2000 drivers to ensure better compatiility with hardware

  • DanJen
    1 Posts

    I would like to try Windows 7 when it is available. Screen shots look nice. One thing that would be nice for final release is not to have so many versions. There should only be like three, Basic, Pro and Ultimate or just the latter two.

  • Anyone know of the 7 Beta release that was supposed to be here in December. i'd sure like to be on it.

    thanks

  • laring
    1 Posts

    I would like to try Windows 7 if a download is available.

  • pakstl
    1 Posts

    You had better correct the wrongs done to your users with the Vista Ultimate extras sham. I paid full price the month of the release for that piece of crap. I have since discouraged everyone I know from upgrading to microsoft anything. Throw your vista ultimate users a FREE license to Windows 7 when it comes out and let them preview the beta before then.

  • Calypso
    1 Posts

    What I would really like to see is a combination of SteadyState, Windows File Protection, UAC, and send a specially coded USB Token required to install ANYTHING in the box with EVERY copy sold. Make it fully integrated and enabled out of the box. Oh and if you can ADD anything to that seemingly perfect Windows Firewall with Advanced Security, PLEASE do it, but don't take anything away!

  • What will happen to us folks who have had vista shoved at us with the slow start ups and shut down .......and the driver incompatibilities .....? Is vista another windows ME which was dropped on us like a dose of bad medicine and left us high and dry when XP came out ?????  Are you going to make the updates so Vista  will automatically and for free become Windows 7 ???? You seem to be pushing Vista Home Premium with the new and referb. PC.'s as if dangling a carrot in front of us to get the last cent out of Vista knowing fool well that something better is in the works. I tell everyone I sell computers to, to buy bare bones Pc's and install XP on it. No fuss no muss and you'll get on ebay twice as fast with the quicker start up times and win that bid you so desperately yearned for. I watch TV and the Mac commercials have it all over the Microsoft ones .......By the way I have programs that can stich pictures that came with my PC that can stitch pictures as well as any Vista Pc and I don't have to do a bunch of clicking to reassure that I am not trying to destroy the computer with user control monitoring. I have a laptop with Vista ..... I've already changed over many of my family member's & friendsPC's to XP ( Licensed of course) and will do mine now. Please stop this dump and run tactic on us consumers ....!!!!!! In this time if economic hard ship and low or no wages ..... most will not tolerate it. Have a great day, Flat

  • Anyone know of a Webcam that will work on Windows 7   I Tried the Compatibility Feature- no Luck   If you can help me out please E-mail me.  roybarras@hotmail.com    Thanks  Roy

  • well i think microsoft should let everyone try the windows 7 beta, and let us see it for ourselves,  then let us give feed back what needs improved or needs added!

  • Hi Mike this is Syam. First of all i heartfully congrats to ur team work for designing of Windows 7.

    I want to download the windows 7. I cant find the s/w. Just tell me the URL to download.

  • how will windows 7 work with games?

    i would like to test this when the beta !

    vista works with game's in the best part (some need work on thou I.E. FF7 PC, BF2)

    Dan

  • Dudley
    1 Posts

    Please don't go on to the next step in Windows yet! I'm sure that there are far more bugs and incompetence to reveal before leaving Vista behind! I'm also sure that you all haven't spent nearly enough time screwing up this new version before foisting it off on your users. Please! Step up to the plate and hit another home-run in the never-ending quest for the worst software in the Cosmos. I know you can do worse than this. Go for it! I'm thinking that daily critical updates [bug patches] are so 2007! The next version of Windows should have continuous updates! That way no one will be able to get anything at all done. Now there's a goal for you!

  • andras
    1 Posts

    I don't know if this the right place to post this but a nice to have would be in "Windows 7" an unified way of applications to check, notify and retrieve their updates.

    Currently on my XP I get notifications icons for Adobe Acrobat, Java, AntiVirus etc. All of these are adding different notification icons to by taskbar. I could imagine that if somebody has lot of programs he may see 10 or more notification icons at the same time.

    So as I see it is somehow to be a single point of notification and update like there is now for windows update but other 3rd party apps can add their notifications and updates through some API.

  • after 24 hours playing with this OS,  i say it`s a step forward, but not a big one

    problems :

    - MS Virtual PC installed - no way to use raspppoe anymore

    - security center ( or how is called) is hard to be stop

    - UAC - even on the most permissive point it`s stopping different driver installations ( now is not pissing off everybody anymore, but is quietly blocking everything )

    - 8-9 Mb/s transfer from internet with max connections open and you get : bad_pool_caller ...

    after like 4 blue screens in 10 minutes i`ve returned to Vista Sp1

    - the cpu clock drop that is present in Vista is either not active, or set to improve nothing ...maybe that`s the place for the very good of performance felt using it ( at least 20% faster than a Vista Sp1 )

    my configuration : Q6660 + 4 Gb Ram + 2 HDD in RAID for max speed  

    a small suggestion, there are a lot of people that are using copies of Windows 7 and could provide good amount of feedback, ... try to give them the chance, blocking any feedback unless the version is activated can`t help you ...

  • Hi Mike... saw your blog post... also i saw video of PDC2008 in which shows the Windows7 running in a tablet PC. I also saw the Pre-Beta release build snapshots too. Can't forget to say it AWESOME!!! as far as i know from Articles, Microsoft official forums and discussions, i'm happy to know that Windows7 Runs faster and smoother than Vista.., which i saw failed to run smoothly in some machines. Also vista slowed up many systems having 1 Gigs of RAM and mainly it was criticized of eating large amount of RAM even not-in-use. Also its UAC, which is a new feature, and its a great feature but frustating when it prompts for each and every action. I think Microsoft would have a look at these issues and mind to fix it, so the Windows 7 will be far more backward compatible than Vista, and i hope the UAC prompts will be reduced. The new FlatBar is great.. and i just can't wait for it.. Also that will shut the mouths of Appy's who all are shouting that Vista UI is a copy of Mac and all.. now let the children play with Appy Mac.. ;)  Great and Brave movement from the side of company to revise the GUI after the Windows 95 release 13years before. Also. as the Microsoft OS is the most popular OS in this world and above 90% in this world uses Windows as their OS, all people are hardly waiting for Windows 7 hoping as it never disappoints users and developers like me. Vista gave a great mountain of hope, but disappointed many of us, the OS improved in security and all, but Memory consumption and non-backward compatibility made the people turn back to XP... Anyway Good Luck to Microsoft Windows7 Team.. i know you'll make it... good day buddies.. great work, move on and i hope maybe 1 day i'll be there in Microsoft for Developing Windows ;)

  • Steve
    3 Posts

    My Suggestions and hopes for the future (haha):

    1) To customize the Tasks bar in Explorer so I can add/remove functions such as Delete, Paste, Copy, Cut. I NEVER use the Burn function.

    2) Tabs. Tabs in Explorer would be great. There's a program you can do it already but why not just implement it by default!?

    3) Tooltips. A way to just turn them on or off. I know pretty much what EVERYTHING is. I don't want some tooltip constantly appearing over it wherever I go. The Internet, different programs, email. GRR.

    4) Shortcut Arrows. A way to be turned on or off. Obviously at the user's discretion, knowing that seeing a shortcut arrow depicts it from being the actual program.

    5) Remember and Lock Windows Positions. If I close a window, and open it again, or minimize it and open another explorer window, to have it open in the exact same place, size and position on the screen as the other, regardless the location.

    6) Hide or Show Icon Text on the desktop. I know what the program is. I don't need the text underneath to tell me. This then looks prettier. Currently, I do the little Alt+255 trick. But still...

    7) History in the Search Bar inside the start menu. Just like in IE. So if I click the far right edge or whatever, a drop down list of previously typed items appears so I don't have to retype them or something. I don't know. Kind of redundent opposed to just making shorcuts in the start menu somehow but I mean, just yet more flexibility for people that think of it!

    And lastly...

    I know they've mentioned it and have stated many different things about it for Windows 7...

    8) But I'm hoping for improved aesthetics for High DPI. I actually love upping the DPI one level to 124 but too many different features are distorted which kind of ruins the experience. So I hope that will be worked on which I believe is.

  • Marja
    1 Posts

    I've stay with XP, waiting for Windows 7. Never wanted Vista but I wander if W7 will be able to work with the same hardware that works with XP. I sure hope so.... Right now it looks good to me!

  • For those of you who would like to enable the new start bar in windows 7 try the following link.

    windows7news.com/.../unlock-locked-features-in-windows-7-m3

    As far as my opinion on the new start bar, it has a lot of potential.  Hopefully Microsoft will allow users a choice between the two when the RTM comes out.  My only gripe about the new start bar is it is too wide for the resolution that I use. Would love to see an option to allow users to re size and use smaller Icons.  Would also like to see the ability to un-group the running programs. Basically, Options Microsoft Options, still can't figure out why Microsoft feels as though it must dictate on how to use a computer.  It's the Megalomania factor with Microsoft when it come to user choice, it's we will tell you what you like....

  • i think that vista haven't take it's place in all factories or home users so why another new windows unless vista haven't been used for all users or as the windows xp have been used at last i wish a good job and a good edition of windows 7 :D:D

  • jlanda
    1 Posts

    I am interested in testing the next beta version of windows 7.

    I was a beta tester for windows vista.

  • where can i aquire a copy of windows 7?

    i beta tested vista code named "long horn"

    and ild love to give this a try.. thanks!

  • I am in the process of building a new computer and would love to beta test Windows 7 on it when I get it finished.  My current network hub is a AMD sempron 3100 + with 2 gigs of ram and 1.20 TB of storage which I am finding very useful.  But my new system will be a AMD 64 with 4 gigs of ram and with 2 TB of storage internal and 4 TB external which will give me a total of 6 TB of storage.  And I will put a 1 gig nvidia g-force video card it it as well which seems to work extreamly well with Vista Ultimate.  When I beta tested windows vista, It was a new and exciting experience that I was glad to be a part of.  

  • send a free copy to everyone you ripped off

  • kiss my butt microsoft

  • Ok here goes who else feels like microsoft is just ripping everyone off they release vista with all its problems and two years later kapow they are now talking about windows 7 release

    it seems that one os after another (95/98/2000) all with a life of three or less years are thrown at the public with increased cost to the user and because they can't get the problems fixed and  apple releases a better more stable and virus, malware, bug free os now mirosoft send yet one more half assed attempt to line the pockets of gates to the world and expect the public to pay hundreds of dollars more for another os that will not work as they promise (windows 7) and last 2-3 years i think that people should now be thinking about sending a message to microsoft and telling them enough is enough stop ripping off the public or we will take our money and next time invest in a better fat cat (leopard) and buy a computer with an apple on the front saying once and forever to miocrosoft goodbye

  • hey mate can i be a beta tester i will install lots of application to see if they are compatible and i will also find bugs and maybe code programs for it my email is oxhaltz@hotmail.com

  • Aloshco
    1 Posts

    Please make it Perfect to let us enjoy that much , ummm , anyway , Microsoft Still in Top .

  • I HOPE, WINDOWS 7 STABILISES MUCH BETTER AS

    COMPARED TO WINDOWS VISTA.

  • Imani
    12 Posts

    I wonder what the defualt wallpaper will look like...they've exhausted the current blue one...which was very stylistic and fresh so  I wonder...

  • i m really excited about windows 7. since i got vista preloaded on my laptop, i have got used to it and even feels uncomfortable when using xp. i use vista ultimate. i have a query that if i install windows 7 prebeta build 6801 on my laptop which is compaq presario v6211au, will the vista compatible drivers be compatible with the prebeta??? plz help me b'coz, if it is so, then i would definitely download the prebeta from torrent and install it for trial.plz reply.. b'coz i'm very eager to install it.

  • I can't wait to try it

  • I have one suggestion that would make a difference on the desktop aspect.  Is there any way that windows 7 can support svg wallpapers?