Microsoft has now taken the wraps off its successor to Windows Vista with Windows 7. Despite Vista's utter failure, however, it says something of Microsoft's market position that several years of media, consumers, and enterprise customers rubbishing Vista has done nothing to touch Microsoft's balance sheet.
Think about that. How many companies do you know that could get away with releasing a complete dud...with little apparent negative effect?
Sure, Procter & Gamble could release a new deodorant and have it fail without bringing the company down with it, but Vista, or Windows, is the heart of … Read more
Does a "cloud operating system" replace your desktop or server operating system? How does it work with mobile devices?
Microsoft's Ray Ozzie, the company's chief software architect, tells CNET News' Ina Fried that Windows Azure won't make desktop and server operating systems obsolete. Instead, Azure--which Microsoft launched Monday at its PDC 2008 conference--gives developers more options when deciding where applications should be developed and delivered.
Ultimately, in Microsoft's view, Azure is intended to make it easier for people to manage the devices around them, from PCs and servers to cell phones.
On Tuesday, … Read more
Update at 5:10 p.m. PDT: Changes were made based on a draft version of the Windows 7 Reviewers' Guide.
It looks like Microsoft is making the right moves to counter some of the problems with Vista: application and hardware compatibility are top priorities, and most of the UI tweaks I've seen so far seem helpful rather than arbitrary, as many of the changes in Vista seemed … Read more
LOS ANGELES--As developers began to get their hands on Windows 7 Tuesday, they offered varied reactions to the Microsoft operating system update.
Windows 7 arrived in various forms here at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference. Windows VP Steven Sinofsky showed its key features on stage, the OS appeared on PCs throughout the convention center, and developers also got their own copies to take home with them.
Attendees to PDC 2008 received pre-beta copies of Windows 7 on DVD, as well as a 160GB Western Digital portable hard drive packed with code.
In addition to the Ultimate Edition of Windows 7 (… Read more
Reporter Ina Fried gives us the skinny on what Microsoft is cooking up for its next version of Windows and tells us how a Web-accessible version of Office will work.
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On Monday, I had a chance to talk with Windows VP Mike Nash about Microsoft's approach with Windows 7. In addition to his comments for this article, I also did a brief video interview with him that is posted below.
Nash's overall summary of Windows 7 was this:
"The focus is on making sure the things you do (today) are easier and that the things you always wanted to do are possible," he said. "There's a lot of work we've done to just make things easier and faster."
Of course, users will … Read more
LOS ANGELES--Microsoft on Tuesday offered up far more details on Windows 7, successor to the company's oft-maligned Windows Vista.
In particular, Microsoft is focused on improving the time it takes for Windows to start up and shut down. In addition to its own work, Microsoft has been working directly with computer makers to address all of the factors that affect system performance.
As far as other features, Windows 7 features support for multitouch input and a new taskbar that makes it easier to manage multiple open Windows.
"The focus is on making sure the things you do (today) … Read more
11:01 a.m. PDT: Keynote is a wrap. We'll have other coverage soon, including a video interview I did with Mike Nash.
10:59 a.m. PDT: Ozzie's back onstage. Talking about why Microsoft has moved more deliberately in taking Office online. We wanted to do more than put "docs and spreadsheets" on the Web, he said, offering a clear dig at Google's free competitor to Office.
10:55 a.m. PDT: Takeshi Numoto, from the Office unit is moving through the other Office apps that will have browser-based. Right now he's showing … Read more
Sure, we got some hints along the way, especially earlier this year when Microsoft launched a preview of Live Mesh.
On Monday, Ozzie finally talked about what he's been up to. Microsoft launched Windows Azure, essentially its long-rumored Cloud OS.
In an interview after his keynote on Monday, Ozzie talked about what Azure means for developers, businesses, and even the everyman. … Read more