Feeds

Developers to get Windows 7 pre beta next month

Vista in full frontal shocker

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Microsoft will be showboating Windows Vista, mark two 7 at its forthcoming Professional Developer Conference (PDC) event next month, where developers will be able to get their mitts on a pre-beta build of the operating system.

Meanwhile, the yawnfest surrounding speculation about what the OS will (or won’t) come loaded with continues to mount in the blogosphere. Yep, MS is stripping Windows 7 down to its pants, vest and a Ribbon.

So, the upcoming operating system, some early code of which has already been probed by a US anti-trust committee sniffing around Redmond to see if its latest interoperability claims come up smelling of roses or onions, will not include email, photo-editing and movie-making apps that were part of Vista.

Instead those features will be packed into Windows Live as downloadable applications. The only problem for Microsoft is in convincing world+dog to find the enthusiasm to flick Google the finger and use its products online.

Windows senior veep Steven Sinofsky will be bigging up Windows 7 at PDC2008 in Los Angeles on 28 October. Microsoft wants everyone to get incredibly excited about “the next major version of the Windows client operating system.”

Indeed over the past few months the company has mounted a strategic marketing campaign to gently steer customers away from the unloved Vista OS. It’s also started a corporate blog about Windows 7, which is perhaps the best indication that Microsoft wants to draw a line under the Vista mess.

But, as we have noted several times since rumours began swimming around the interweb that hinted at the possibility that Windows 7 could in fact be parachuted in early by Redmond, the next OS is based on the same kernel as Vista.

What does this mean in Microsoft speak?

“With Windows 7 at PDC2008 you will see advances across the full range of Windows – including the kernel, networking, hardware and devices, and user-interface,” said MS wonk Denise Begley yesterday.

“Learn more about opportunities to build on the platform’s commitment to OS fundamentals, while also enabling you to enhance your existing applications and create new applications that use the new technologies and APIs in Windows 7.”

So there you have it: expect “advances”, “enhancement” and even some new tech built into the next platform, and, given that many features in Vista will be absent, it might even come with less bloat. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux
Multiple desktops and live tiles in restored Start button star in new vids
iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!
HTML 5's pretty neat ... when your browser supports it
Mathematica hits the Web
Wolfram embraces the cloud, promies private cloud cut of its number-cruncher
Google extends app refund window to two hours
You now have 120 minutes to finish that game instead of 15
Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months
Staffer's blog reveals all as projects languish on GitHub
SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn
Merger will lead to mainframe and COBOL powerhouse
iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!
Not fit for purpose on day of launch, says Cupertino
Profitless Twitter: We're looking to raise $1.5... yes, billion
We'll spend the dosh on transactions, biz stuff 'n' sh*t
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.