Microsoft unveiled Windows 7 Build 6801 to the world at the PDC in Los Angeles. This post focus on some first-look information specifically of interest to IT professionals. To begin with, the core architecture of Windows 7 remains the same, as it is built on the same foundation as Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Our goal is that the majority of applications and devices that work with Windows Vista will work with Windows 7. This is important if you are evaluating or deploying Windows Vista today; in fact, investments in adopting Windows Vista (testing piloting, deploying) will pay off in a smoother transition to Windows 7 when it becomes available.
In designing Windows 7, the engineering team had a clear focus on what we call ‘the fundamentals'—performance, application compatibility, device compatibility, reliability, security and battery life. This effort was aided by telemetry data on how PCs are being used and issues that resulted in poor performance or disruption. The focus on fundamentals didn’t start with Windows 7; in fact it is the continuation of the work on Windows Vista that materialized in SP1.
Windows 7 will offer improved navigation, a new taskbar and a streamlined UI so that common tasks done in Windows are done easier and more quickly. You will be able to share data to all your PCs and devices in your home network or at work. With Windows 7 + Windows Live, you will be able to stay connected to the people that matter to you, and with Internet Explorer 8 you will get a faster, safer, more productive Web experience.