Windows 7 was recently released as a Release Candidate; less well known but just as important is that Windows Server 2008 R2 was released as a Release Candidate on the same day. (Windows Server 2008 R2 should really be called Windows Server 7 because that is what it is.)
For a few developers, a new Windows OS allows them to do things that they previously could not do. But for some developers, a new Windows OS potentially wrecks the programs they are working on, while other developers feel less of an impact. Of course, programmers working on non-Windows applications and many Web applications are completely unaffected by these new releases. I'm curious to know how your work is affected (if at all).
J.JaDisclosure of Justin's industry affiliations: Justin James has a working arrangement with Microsoft to write an article for MSDN Magazine. He also has a contract with Spiceworks to write product buying guides.
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Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.