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Windows 7?? January 17, 2009

Posted by Mike in End User Computing.
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First off, what is Windows 7?

As defined by it’s Wikipedia site: 

Windows 7 (formerly codenamed Blackcomb and Vienna) is the next release of Microsoft Windows, an operating system produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktopslaptopsTablet PCsnetbooks and media centerPCs.[1]

Microsoft stated in 2007 that it is planning Windows 7 development for a three-year time frame starting after the release of its predecessor, Windows Vista, but that the final release date will be determined by product quality.[2]

Unlike its predecessor, Windows 7 is intended to be an incremental upgrade, to Vista, with the goal of being fully compatible with device drivers, applications, and hardware which Windows Vista is already compatible with.[3] Presentations given by the company in 2008 have focused on multi-touch support, a redesigned Windows Shell with a new taskbar, a home networking system called HomeGroup,[4] and performance improvements. Some applications that have been included with prior releases of Microsoft Windows, most notably Windows MailWindows Calendar,[citation needed] Windows Movie Maker, and Windows Photo Gallery, are no longer included with the operating system; they are instead offered separately (free of charge) as part of the Windows Live Essentialssuite.[5] 

I came across a blog from a person who tried the recently released beta version here, http://htmlfixit.com/?p=1108

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1. thecomputerlady - January 18, 2009

Microsoft should give those of us burned by Vista a discount toward the purchase of 7!!

2. Diane - January 28, 2009

If Windows 7 is only providing compatibility with devices that are Vista-compatible it still won’t solve the problem of rendering fully-functional printers, scanners, etc. useless because no drivers exist.

3. Mike - January 28, 2009

Diane, good point but I read about a person who put the beta (let’s make this clear, it’s still in BETA) to the test.

“On the several PCs to which I’ve installed the Beta so far–two desktop PCs and four notebook computers–every PC was usable “out of the box,” meaning that I never had to seek out third party drivers before actually getting to work. Put another way, between the driver install that occurs during Setup and then again after first boot, automatically via Windows Update, the Windows 7 Beta did an admirable job of correctly identifying the components in each system and then installing working drivers.”

Read the full article here:: http://www.vista123.net/content/windows-7-beta-compatibility


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