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Microsoft hopes to rebuild trust with Windows 7

Posted by comtech3 on November 6, 2008

LOS ANGELES–One of the biggest problems with Windows Vista had nothing to do with the software Microsoft shipped.

Microsoft’s Jon DeVaan speaks about Windows 7 as the company kicks off its WinHEC 2008 conference in Los Angeles

(Credit: Ina Fried/CNET News.com)

It was all of the things Microsoft didn’t ship. In the years leading up to Vista’s release in November 2006, Microsoft changed course several times, leading to wasted time and energy for hardware and software makers that had made bets on features or timing that later were changed.

In a speech to hardware makers attending the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC), Microsoft’s Jon DeVaan said that the company is aiming to rebuild trust that Microsoft will deliver products with the promised features and at the promised time.

And Microsoft is also hoping that most partners won’t have a lot of work to get ready for Windows 7. “We have the tenet that if something works in Vista it really should work in Windows 7,” said DeVaan, senior vice president of Microsoft’s Windows core operating system division.

The company is hoping to improve some things from Vista, particularly start-up times as well as performance when managing a lot of open windows.

Battery life is another area where Microsoft hopes software improvements will make a meaningful difference. The company said that in some cases it is getting up to an extra hour of DVD playback and at a minimum, the same PC should get 20 more minutes of time in 7 than the same system would get in Vista.

That’s the difference between a cliffhanger and getting to finish your movie, one of the Microsoft workers said during a demo onstage.

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Windows 7: A better Vista?

Posted by comtech3 on October 29, 2008

October 28, 2008 9:00 AM PDT

Posted by Ina Fried

LOS ANGELES–Microsoft on Tuesday offered up far more details on Windows 7, successor to the company’s oft-maligned Windows Vista.

In particular, Microsoft is focused on improving the time it takes for Windows to start up and shut down. In addition to its own work, Microsoft has been working directly with computer makers to address all of the factors that affect system performance.

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As far as other features, Windows 7 features support for multitouch input and a new taskbar that makes it easier to manage multiple open Windows.

“The focus is on making sure the things you do (today) are easier and that the things you always wanted to do are possible,” Corporate Vice President Mike Nash said in an interview Monday. “There’s a lot of work we’ve done to just make things easier and faster.

The early, prebeta version being handed out to developers at the Professional Developer Conference here has all of the programming interfaces that will be in the final version but only some of the planned features.

Several enthusiasts who have been checking out the new code for the past couple of days praised the stability of the release, particularly for an operating system, at this early stage.

With Windows 7, Microsoft has changed the way it approaches building early releases. In the past, Microsoft included features at various stages of development. With Windows 7, features are included in the main Windows build, only after they are fully baked.

Microsoft is clearly looking to leave a far different first impression than it did with Windows Vista, which made major changes under the hood and led to considerable incompatibilities. With Windows 7, Microsoft is not introducing any major changes to the Windows kernel and is keeping much of the other plumbing substantially similar to that of Vista.

The software maker has also tried to reduce some of Vista’s other annoyances, such as the frequently criticized User Account Control feature, which some complained led to too many annoying dialog boxes. With Windows 7, users will be able to choose for themselves how often the system warns them of changes being made to their computer.

The next external release of Windows 7, a feature-complete public beta, is slated for early next year.

Nash wouldn’t say whether the company plans more than one beta version before its final release. “We’ll see how the first one goes,” he said.

The company has said it will have the release out within three years of Vista’s January 2007 mainstream release, however, CEO Steve Ballmer has said he wants Windows 7 out next year.

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