Windows 7 takes center 'stage'

    Windows 7 takes center 'stage'

    Posted: 05 Nov 2008
    --Choice was the watchword in the Windows 7 discussion Wednesday, as Microsoft aimed to highlight what it sees as its chief advantage over rival Apple.

    A key part of Windows 7 is to enable a full spectrum of choices," senior vice president Steven Sinofsky said in a speech at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) here.

    While the new Windows will enable high-end machines with multi-touch, it will also work on low-end machines. While Vista has largely been absent in the fast-growing Netbook category, Windows 7 is aimed to work well on such low-end devices--a number of which are on display at WinHEC.

    Among the machines Microsoft showed was an Eee PC with a 1GB hard drive and a 16GB solid-state drive, which the software maker said could run Windows 7 with "room to spare."

    For hardware makers, Microsoft has a feature called "device stage" that lets them offer up things like manuals, links to services and access to content stored on the device in one place.

    On stage, Microsoft showed a Nokia phone hooked up to Windows 7, automatically making available all the content on the device.

    The company also said it will support a number of additional audio and video formats out of the box, including Divx, H.264 and unprotected AAC.

    Windows 7 also has integrated support for sensors, such as light sensors, accelerometers or GPS, or even more exotic kinds of input. For example, Microsoft showed a ThinkPad with a spectrophotometer to help handle color calibration.

    As for when folks will actually get their hands on 7, Microsoft didn't offer new details, beyond saying a feature-complete beta will be available in early 2009.

    Sinofsky did mention a "release candidate to RTM phase," suggesting that Microsoft is only planning a single beta.

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    echrada's Avatar Posted By: echrada
    05 Nov 2008

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    W 7 64-bit Ultimate

    I bet they have the final release on OEM machines in time for Christmas, 2009....

    Later Ted
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    Windows 7 7100 build

    Bare Foot Kid said:
    I bet they have the final release on OEM machines in time for Christmas, 2009....

    I bet you are right on with that time frame.

    Gives them about 1 complete year to work on and finish 7!

    Now for the waiting game is going to hurt lol.
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