Microsoft is Expected to Deliver Windows 7 Next Year

Microsoft Corp. has dropped two strong hints in the past two days that the next version of its Windows operating system, Windows 7, will arrive in 2009, shaving up to a year off previous expectations. Windows 7 was previously known by the code name Vienna. A server variant, codenamed Windows Server 7, is also under development. Screenshots of early betas of Windows 7 are appearing.

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates answered a question at a business meeting in Miami about Windows Vista by saying “Sometime in the next year or so we will have a new version.”

Microsoft has disclosed a few things about Windows 7. The company has 200 engineers developing a slimmed-down kernel called MinWin that uses 100 files and 25MB, compared to Vista’s 5,000 files and 4GB core and is so small it lacks a graphical subsystem. The operating system will come in consumer and business versions and in 32-bit and 64-bit editions. Some other interesting features are the ability to store Internet Explorer settings on a Windows Live account, updated versions of Paint and WordPad, and a 10 minute install process. In addition, improved network connection tools might be included.

Source: Computerworld

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