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: ComputerworldFiled under Enterprise Software | Tags: 64-bit, Microsoft, MinWin, Windows 7 | Comment Below