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Video: What do we really know about Windows 7 at this point?

Two of the best Microsoft insiders in the business are ZDNet columnists Mary Jo Foley and Edd Bott and they recently discussed the veil of secrecy surrounding Windows 7 and made their predictions for what Microsoft will do.

I've written my prediction of what Microsoft will do with Windows 7, but I don't have any inside information -- and no one else seems to either. Two of the best Microsoft insiders in the business are ZDNet columnists Mary Jo Foley and Edd Bott and they recently discussed the veil of secrecy surrounding Windows 7 and made their own predictions in this ZDNet video.

Here's ZDNet's description of the show:

"Microsoft is maintaining a cloak of silence around its next major release of Windows. ZDNet Editor in Chief Larry Dignan talks with blogger colleagues Mary Jo Foley, editor of All about Microsoft, and Ed Bott, editor of Microsoft Report, about the road map for Windows 7, including feature sets, timelines, partners, OEMs, and marketing. The beta for the new operating system is due in late 2008. The bloggers predict that Windows 7 will launch earlier than 2010, its anticipated release date."

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13 comments
nepenthe0
nepenthe0

It is somewhat disturbing that the analysts anticipate Windows 7 built upon Vista, just without the initial glitches. Business has justifiably complained that a new OS should be [i]evolutionary[/i], not [i]revolutionary[/i]. Folks are sticking with XP Pro because it works, it's stable, highly configurable, and we know where to find the control interfaces to tweak it. True, these could be better consolidated, but Vista's [i]scheme[/i] is even more fragmented and hardly logical. The video presented speculation, but disclosed no new facts. We still know absolutely nothing about Windows 7. Rick/Portland, OR

TokyoPete
TokyoPete

I was visitng Sendai University hospital to do an interview with Dr. Ryuta Kawashima whose research is in developing methods to teach people how to improve their IQ using, he says, simple techniques which anyone can learn. He is currently working with people of low Iq for one reason or another, medically speaking, and is getting results that are surprisngly good. In fact, at 74 years old I am thinking of signing up for one of his courses to improve my own forgetfulness!!! Living in a Japanese environment makes it very easy for even the simplest expressions to end up sitting there on one's tongue but being unable to vocalize them until after the conversation is well and truly over. My wife hates it when I will suddenyl say, ah now I remember the word or special expression that she wanted me to tell her in a hurry. she is a fluent English speaker (Japanese nationality) who learnt English after her teens in the UK for two years. Maybe, Microsoft staff could use Dr. Kawashima's methods to allow them to communicate with the rest of us in words and expressions we can understand instead of Microlese!

TokyoPete
TokyoPete

Sorry, guys, I don't think "I need to improve my forgetfulness: as i so aptly wrote but to REDUCE IT! Yes, and I don't know how to type "suddenly" either!

droberts1019
droberts1019

Here is my take on Vista: For so long Microsoft was bending over backwards to make everything so friendly for the average Joe, who used his system for surfing the web and emailing. Now Microsoft finally allowed an OS to be made for those of us who have the know how to use it! I use Vista Home Prem and Ultimate on a daily bases and love it! I have both editions I use also of XP and love it, but I can tell its made for the average Joe. Would not trade either OS!

itmedic614
itmedic614

With Windows Vista being such a flop, and MS having to extend the shelf life of Windows XP, I wouldn't be surprised if they released Windows 7 earlier than 2010. They want to kill off XP, and Vista is so buggy, it's laughable. MS is losing billions in licensing fees, by corporations refusing to upgrade to Vista.

morrig
morrig

Do a Apple and bring out incremental editions that build on appeal and efficiency and I would say what the video stated that the late summer 09 is the most likely release date, and they would find if you do more releases in shorter time-scale= more sales= more profit.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

It was initially difficult to impossible to get drivers for it, wasn't compatible with as many existing apps as XP, and it requires a ridiculous level of hardware to run it; but it ain't buggy.

SKDTech
SKDTech

somehow believe that speeding up the release timetable of Se7en is going to somehow bring a miraculously bug free new OS to the market? Isn't that what happened with Windows Migraine Edition(ME)? And if the article I read earlier this week is correct in their facts then Vista seems to be picking up steam. If I remember correctly the sales figures quoted were 132 million units of Vista vs 87 million units of XP sold in the first quarter of '08. Pretty good for an OS "so buggy, it's laughable."

NaughtyMonkey
NaughtyMonkey

by corporations with software assurance. They pay their money to Microsoft regardless of if they go to Vista or stay on XP. Now I am sure retail copies are not flying off the shelf, but that is not their money maker. It is the OEMs and corps with SA.

VAR1016
VAR1016

Reading this I think it's an outrage that Vista was ever released and even more outrageous that I bought a computer with Vista installed. Still I feel better about MS now that I am running XP! N.B. pity the video doesn't play... Paul

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