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Windows 7 to finally go public in late October
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Monday, 29 September 2008 12:04
Windows 7 to finally go public in late October

By Peter Bright | Published: September 29, 2008 - 06:35AM CT

Attendees at Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference next month are in for a treat: everyone going will get a 160GB hard disk with a copy of all the software on show, including Windows 7. "Software + Services" is the company's big idea at this PDC, and, as previously announced, Microsoft will be showing off—and giving out—a new cloud computing framework. Though there's sure to be interest in the cloud computing software, the software giveaway just got a whole lot more exciting with the news that attendees will receive a "pre-beta" build of Windows 7. Mindful of the lukewarm reception that Windows Vista received on its eventual release, Microsoft has thus far kept quiet about the next version of Windows; this time around, the company wants to make sure that expectations match with the software that will actually be released.

Past demos have shown off the OS's new multitouch features, and it has been confirmed that many built-in applications will be removed and replaced with "Windows Live"-branded downloads. More speculatively, it's likely that there will be improvements to the taskbar, greater resolution independence, faster booting (and generally better performance), and an improved installation experience. PDC will be the first time developers get to see Windows 7 in its entirety and this is sure to be a highlight of the event.  [ARS Technica...]   [Comments...]

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