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  • Blog Post: Partners to Support Native Windows 7 Mobile Broadband

    Yesterday at Mobile World Congress 2009 , we announced an amazing line-up of partners who will be supporting Mobile Broadband enhancements in Windows 7. These partners include:  Acer Asus Birdstep Technology Dell Ericsson HP Fujitsu Siemens Computers Huawei Communications Technologies Option Qualcomm...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7

    At Wall Street Journal's D: All Things Digital conference about a year ago today, Julie Larson-Green first introduced Walt Mossberg to Windows 7 and its multi-touch capabilities, which we call Windows Touch . While we’ve been working on bringing natural user interface to you in many Microsoft products...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Has Been Released to Manufacturing

    I am pleased to announce that Windows 7 has RTM’d! As I mentioned previously, RTM officially happens only after sign-off occurs. What happens is a build gets designated as a RTM contender after going through significant testing and meeting our quality bar for RTM. Then, it goes though all the validation...
  • Blog Post: Windows Anytime Upgrade and Family Pack Pricing

    Most people buy a PC preinstalled with the edition of Windows that meets their unique needs. However, for some customers their needs may change over time. With Windows Anytime Upgrade (or WAU), we make it super easy and convenient for the small number of customers who’s PC needs evolve to need a higher...
  • Blog Post: Ecosystem Readiness Program helps partners develop products for Windows 7

    To help the ecosystem of software developers, device manufacturers, independent software vendors and others prepare for Windows 7 – I wanted to let you know about the Windows 7 Ecosystem Readiness Program .  The Windows 7 Ecosystem Readiness Program is designed to help hardware and software partners...
  • Blog Post: Sneak Peek at the RTM Announcement!

    I thought I’d share an inside peek from our annual sales kick-off event in Atlanta. Steven Sinofsky joined Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on stage to announce the RTM of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. There’s even a clip of Steve Ballmer signing the gold RTM DVDs. Check it out! Windows 7 Sneak-Peak...
  • Blog Post: Reminder: General Availability for Windows 7 Beta Ending This Week

    I wanted to quickly remind everyone that this week general availability for the Windows 7 Beta will be ending: February 10 th : Starting at 12am Pacific Time , no new downloads will be available. If you have already begun downloading the Windows 7 Beta, you have until Feb. 12 th to complete the download...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 on Track to Hit This Holiday Season

    There has been quite a bit of speculation and chatter around the timing of milestones for Windows 7. Of course folks want to know when Windows 7 will become available in stores and on new PCs. We’re in a good position today to provide an update to the timing of when we expect for that to happen. I’m...
  • Blog Post: The Windows 7 Beta Kicks Off This Week

    I would like to take a moment and share some exciting Windows news being announced tonight by Steve Ballmer during his keynote address in Las Vegas – kicking off the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show . In October, we revealed the next version of our Windows operating system – Windows 7 - to software developers...
  • Blog Post: Here’s where we stand

    I know many of you have had issues with the Windows 7 Beta site over the last 24 hours. As you may have noticed the download site has been up and running smoothly since this morning. That said, we apologize for the inconvenience that it caused some of you.   Due to an enormous surge in demand...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Puts it’s Finger on Enhanced Biometric Support

    I’ve always found biometrics to be an interesting aspect to technology. And I was excited to discover that Windows 7 offers changes to the way Windows handles biometrics to enable better experiences. Windows 7 introduces the Windows Biometric Framework which makes integration easier and more consistent...
  • Blog Post: General availability for the Windows 7 Beta to end

    First off: thank you for your interest in beta testing Windows 7! As we near January 24th, we wanted to update everyone again on the next steps for the Windows 7 Beta. The amount of feedback we have received has been amazing and continues to pour in. We are at a point where we have more than enough beta...
  • Blog Post: Information on Downloading and Installing Windows 7 Beta

    As of today, I am running the Windows 7 Beta on several different PCs including my laptop, my work PC, and my PC at home, which I upgraded recently to Windows 7 from Windows Vista SP1. (I’ll be outlining the PCs I’m using to test Windows 7 shortly.) I’m all connected with HomeGroup, I’ve got several...
  • Blog Post: The Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) is here!

    As we previously announced , today the Windows 7 RC is now available for anyone interested in giving it a spin! Typically, a release candidate is the last development milestone before release to manufacturing (RTM), signifying that engineering and development have made significant advancements and that...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft App-V Support for the Windows 7 Beta

    Our MDOP customers have told us that they want to see Windows 7 Support for Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) so that they can move ahead with their application testing for enterprise deployments of Windows 7 early on. We heard you loud and clear. Today we are announcing the availability of...
  • Blog Post: Sony Announces VAIO E Series Windows PCs

    Today, Sony has announced a new series of VAIO Windows PCs – the VAIO E Series . This new 15.5” laptop will come in 5 high-gloss colors: Caribbean Green, Iridescent Blue, Coconut White, Hibiscus Pink and Lava Black. 3 matte colors can also be chosen: Maple Brown, Silver White and Gunmetal. I don’t know...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Pricing and Offers Q&A Transcript

    Windows 7 Pricing and Offers Q&A Transcript Brad Brooks, Corporate VP for Windows Consumer Marketing Brandon LeBlanc, Windows Communications Manager BRANDON LEBLANC: Hi. My name is Brandon LeBlanc, and I'm a -- I'm with Windows Blog, and I'm here with corporate vice president Brad Brooks, and...
  • Blog Post: 3 Things To Know About Our Ecosystem

    Any Saturday afternoon you are likely to find me at the local Best Buy or Fry’s. You see, I am a gadget nut and I love finding that next great product that helps me do something new or better. This is, of course, a good thing for the guy who heads up Ecosystem marketing for Windows. A big part of what...
  • Blog Post: Availability of Visual Studio 2010 & .NET Framework 4 Announced

    Today Microsoft is announcing the availability of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 .   S. Somasegar , Senior Vice President of the Developer Division here at Microsoft, has posted about the release of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 and the 5 major launch events happening around the...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program & Windows 7 Pricing – Bring on GA!

    Today we have some news to share around Windows 7 including answering what may be some of the “hottest” questions people have as we head toward General Availability (GA) on October 22nd. I had the opportunity to sit down with Brad Brooks , Corporate VP for Windows Consumer Marketing, to talk about today...
  • Blog Post: Test Updates Coming for the Windows 7 RC

    Starting this Tuesday (May 12th) we will release up to ten test updates to PCs running the Windows 7 RC in order to verify our ability to deliver and manage updating of Windows 7 in certain real-life scenarios. These updates do not deliver any new features or fixes. This is the second set of test updates...
  • Blog Post: Kindle for the PC Announced – and it’s awesome!

    Today, Amazon announced “Kindle for PC” – a free application that let’s readers enjoy reading books purchased from the Kindle Store right on their Windows PC. Today the Kindle Store has over 360,000 books to purchase, download and read. That’s a lot of books. We showed off Kindle for PC today for the...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Editions Announced

    Today Microsoft PressPass spoke with Windows General Manager Mike Ybarra who revealed our SKU strategy for Windows 7. For those of you interested, click here to read the details.
  • Blog Post: Update on Windows 7 Beta Availability

    Due to very heavy traffic we’re seeing as a result of interest in the Windows 7 Beta, we are adding some additional infrastructure support to the Microsoft.com properties before we post the public beta. We want to ensure customers have the best possible experience when downloading the beta, and...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 RTM Available Today for MSDN & TechNet Subscribers

    As we previously announced, today MSDN & TechNet Subscribers will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English. On October 1st, the remaining languages will be released. The bits are available now ! And tomorrow, our Volume License (VL) customers with an existing Software Assurance (SA) license will...