Between Windows 7 M1 Build 6519 and Windows 7 M3 Pre-Beta Build 6801, made available to participants at the PDC 2008 and the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference 2008, Microsoft has certainly refined the installation process of the operating system. Users will discover that it actually looks and feels more like “Windows 7” than like Windows Vista, and this detail is necessary in order to deliver the evolution that Microsoft has promised.
There’re several new features in Windows 7, providing greater security and manageability for remote and local PCs, while improving on the fundamentals of performance and reliability. Beyond the new features, the primary message at the show was around compatibility, management consistency and maintaining the progress that Windows Vista has made with the hardware and application ecosystem, Celine Allee
- Most software that runs on Windows Vista will run on Windows 7. Exceptions may be applications that call low-level code (anti-malware, some firewalls, defrag utilities, etc.)
- It’s expected that hardware that runs Windows Vista well, will also run Windows 7 well.
According to Microsoft, Windows 7 will move out of pre-Beta stage in early 2009. Following the launch of Beta 1, which is slated to be a private release, although much broader than even M3, the company will produce the first Release Candidate of the operating system. At this particular point in time, indications have it that Windows 7 RC could be delivered as a public release. After RC, Microsoft will take Windows 7 straight to RTM, a move reported to happen as early as mid-2009, in order for the operating system to be launched to the general public in time for the 2009 holiday season.