Friday, August 15th 2008

Engineering Windows 7 MSDN Blog Surfaces

Microsoft has launched an MSDN Blog for the Engineering of Windows 7, dubbed E7 for short. The blog, hosted by two Windows 7 senior engineering managers, is aimed to inform "...enthusiasts, bloggers, and those that are the most passionate about Windows... what’s in store for the next major release of Windows."

You can check out the blog here
We strongly believe that success for Windows 7 includes an open and honest, and two-way, discussion about how we balance all of these interests and deliver software on the scale of Windows. We promise and will deliver such a dialog with this blog.

We, as a team, definitely learned some lessons about “disclosure” and how we can all too easily get ahead of ourselves in talking about features before our understanding of them is solid. Our intent with Windows 7 and the pre-release communication is to make sure that we have a reasonable degree of confidence in what we talk about when we do talk. Again, top of mind for us is the responsibility we feel to make sure we are not stressing priorities, churning resource allocations, or causing strategic confusion among the tens of thousands of partners and customers who care deeply and have much invested in the evolution of Windows.
Windows 7 is currently scheduled for release in 2010 based on information which we covered hereSource: Engineering Windows 7
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34 Comments on Engineering Windows 7 MSDN Blog Surfaces

#1
Triprift
AddSub said:
They can't screw up with Windows 7, even if they try. Vista makes that possible. All they have to do is revise the WDDM for performance 3D/gaming purposes and streamline the kernel from the accessibility and security perspective and it will be a winner. I can imagine it will be on par with Windows XP on the performance level.

This relatively early introduction can't have a positive effect on Vista adoption rates right now. Many people who are thinking about getting Vista will just decide to wait another year or so, since you can expect Windows 7 betas to start coming out as soon as next year.

Which begs the question: what will the 10% to 15% of people who will be running Vista at the time do? Be pissed I imagine, since here they will have an OS that might be as fast or even faster than Windows XP, yet with more features than Vista. Yet, they spent years fiddling and tweaking Vista, installing large software libraries of applications and games only to abandon them and have to reinstall them onto a new OS. (Yeah, I bet you can upgrade from Vista to Win7, but who would want to do that? Clean install = smoother.)
Lol dont count on Windows 7 being better than vista as this is ms were talking about here. Good to see another Windows os thread turning into a Vista bashing theme *boring*.
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#2
xfire
I tried vista and it it was good,but I'm not a fan of the size it takes on the hard disk.
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#3
alexp999
Staff
Okay people, lets try to stick to topic a bit more ;) . Maybe rather than posting why people hate Vista so much, lets post things we would like to see in Windows 7, changes, features, etc...

I for one would like to see better scope for changing themes, officially. vista only really has one theme. I would like to be able to have different themes, like different skins, that doesnt involve hacking and doesnt involve buying third part software.

Then you could have stuff like, free Windows 7 theme when you pre-order, and you get a Halo 4 skin, but its official like you could get in XP. There was the royale theme, zune theme, silver, green, blue. not many for XP, but they could scope it out better for Windows 7.
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#4
xfire
It would be to bloated if it comes with too many themes. 98 used to have it's set of theme's.
MS relies on its user base to come up with themes. You just need to run Ux patcher(free) to be able to install these themes. Even linux doesn't come with many themes by default.
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#5
alexp999
Staff
xfire said:
It would be to bloated if it comes with too many themes. 98 used to have it's set of theme's.
MS relies on its user base to come up with themes. You just need to run Ux patcher(free) to be able to install these themes. Even linux doesn't come with many themes by default.
I doesnt have to come with themes, but it would be good if the new windows seven had an integrated version of window blinds or something. Skin support, but officially. not hacked or 3rd party.
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#6
xfire
As long as it's free it doesn't matter if it's 3rd party.
Let the software developers first concentrate on developing the OS better. I'm sure they MS doesn't want to pay it's employee's just for developing themes.
Not many people actually change their theme's.
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#7
Triprift
Yep ya right there i coudnt be bothered changing themes apart from my wallpaper ofcourse.
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#8
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
is it out of the question for microsoft to build an entire new OS from the ground up? i guess that would probably kill their business because thousands of companies that make software for windows would have to spend money and time learning a whole new system. and if that were to happen then why wouldnt those companies put their time and effort into linux.
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#9
xfire
I think it's possible to build it from ground up and still keep compatibility with older versions it's the time MS needs to invest in it the problem, after all they make money from the sale's of their OS and the few hardware they sell.
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