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Developers Will Get Windows 7 Alpha On Oct. 28 83

Posted by timothy
from the let's-call-it-project-kilimanjaro dept.
CWmike writes "Microsoft confirmed today that it will hand out 'pre-beta' release copies of Windows 7 on Oct. 28, at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC). Mike Swanson, a Microsoft technology evangelist, has said attendees will receive a 160GB external USB hard drive that will presumably include the Windows 7 alpha. Mike Cherry, an analyst with Directions on Microsoft, was cautiously optimistic that today's announcement meant Microsoft was on track with Windows 7. 'If they didn't do this, you would have to wonder if they could make the schedule,' Cherry said."
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Developers Will Get Windows 7 Alpha On Oct. 28

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  • by Samantha Wright (1324923) on Thursday September 25, 2008 @05:18PM (#25157651) Homepage Journal
    I imagine that this is akin to video game reviewers getting DSes and PSPs with the video game to review: it's just swag. And bribery. And you don't have to wipe a good machine to try it out.

    I have trouble believing that Microsoft would deliberately submit themselves to a joke so transparent that half of the Slashdot comments are about it. They worry about that sort of thing. Why, I bet Ballmer is reading this thread and throwing chairs around right now!
  • by cbhacking (979169) <been_out_cruising-slashdot&yahoo,com> on Thursday September 25, 2008 @06:01PM (#25158221) Homepage Journal

    It's a bit bigger than that. Multi-touch capabilities, vastly improved BitLocker, new networking capabilities that simplify sending/sharing files, a couple substantial changes to UAC (in some cases simply changing simple config options to make it less "annoying", in other cases adding new capabilities such as automatic elevation for MS-signed binaries). Bootup and hibernation are being parallelized and should run faster on multi-core machines now. Many apps, including the calculator, notepad, and Paint have undergone significant UI and/or feature upgrades. The general UI has been updated somewhat as well.

    The kernel sounds remarkably similar, though. More like 6.1 or 6.2 than 7.0.

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