Windows 7

Here’s Windows 7, your future operating system for Windows users. If this still sounds greek to you, have you heard of Windows Vienna then? Yes, that used to be Windows 7’s codename. A less known codename for this operating system (OS) is Blackcomb.

Windows 7 has been officially announced to succeed our current Windows OS, Windows Vista by Microsoft in 2007. The OS would be utilised for personal computers (home and business desktops, laptops, Tablet PCs, netbooks and media center PCs). It would be another 3 years (counting 2007 and onwards) on estimation before the final release, when product quality has been assured.

Unlike all its previous versions of Microsoft Windows OS, this one would be an incremental upgrade from Windows Vista. This implies that the OS would be fully compatible with all device drivers, applications and hardwares currently compatible with Windows Vista. Based on presentations held by Microsoft, the OS developers would focus more on multi-touch support (touchscreen) and redesign the Windows Shell and its taskbar. A surplus to the taskbar would be a home networking system known as HomeGroup. At the same time, computer performance would also greatly improved. Application currently available in Microsoft Windows OS will still continue to exist in the new version.

The reason for the codename Blackcomb for Windows 7 was due to a planning for it to be the successor of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Major features such as an emphasis on searching and querying data and an advanced storage system (WinFS) to enable the emphasis was planned for Blackcomb. However, it was delayed and another minor release (Longhorn) surfaced. Longhorn was also reset after three main viruses exploited flaws in the Microsoft Windows system.

Microsoft then diverted its development priorities to Windows Vista. It threw in major concepts from Longhorn and everything turned well. Windows Vista was successfully released on 30 January 2007 (retail).

In early 2006, Blackcomb was renamed Windows Vienna and then Windows 7 in 2007. According to an interview by Newsweek, Bill Gates suggested that Windows 7 would be more “user-centric”. Another statement by Senior Vice President Bill Veghte was that Windows 7 will  not have the same kind of compatibility issues with Windows Vista like what Windows Vista has with the previous versions. On 16 October 2008, Microsoft CEO Ballmer confirmed the compatibility between Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Users can download the Windows 7 OS beta via the Microsoft Connect program although the official release will be on 10 April 2009 worldwide.


~ by itechsquad on March 15, 2009.

One Response to “Windows 7”

  1. Windows 7 .Thanks for nice post.I added to my twitter.

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