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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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Jason Hiner is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about the people, products, and ideas changing how we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the book, Follow the Geeks.

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

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.

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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