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Microsoft to Reveal More Windows 7 Details in October, launches Blog

Microsoft will give developers a rare insight inside Windows Seven, the eagerly awaited successor to Vista, as early as next October at the Professional Developers Conference and the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference.

Interestingly, the first Vista Community Technology Preview was released at the same Microsoft PDC back in October 2005.

Windows 7 is expected to be available in shops by January 2010 but Microsoft has yet to disclose further information on Windows 7 to avoid repeating the mistakes it did with Windows Vista.

Prior to Vista's launch, Microsoft over promised and underdelivered on a number of critical features like the WinFS file system.

In a blog called Engineering Windows 7 (opens in new tab), two senior engineering managers, Jon DeVaan and Steven Sinofsky, promised that they would provide more information about Windows 7 but, since this is about "engineering Windows 7", expect a more technical slant to it.

Intriguingly, it gives a rather interesting a new insight about the new mindset in Redmond; the first post is particularly frank, "We know we’ll misspeak or what we say will be heard differently than we intended. We’re not worried. All we ask is that we have a dialog based on mutual respect and the shared goal of making a great release of Windows 7."

Microsoft has been keen to downplay Windows 7 as it looks to replace Windows XP by Vista but it looks more and more certain that 7 will be what Vista should have been in the first place.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.