Insider: Windows 7 close to Release Candidate

Forget the endless, confused build up to Vista. The release candidate version of its successor, Windows 7, is very close says a Microsoft insider, as the company seems set to wrap up a frenetic, one-month beta programme.

It was a long, long time between drinks, last time around. Microsoft took six long years before it upgraded Windows XP to Windows Vista in early 2007. Features came and went during endless revisions.

In contrast, the company seems set to wrap up its Windows 7 testing programme in record time with only a single beta before the new OS goes to Release Candidate.

The frenetic beta download programme of January 9 to February 10 will be Windows 7’s first, and last, test outing. It followed a pre-beta version delivered to third-party developers during October.

There will be no further beta version of the new OS, says Microsoft's senior vice president for Windows Steven Sinofsky in a post on the Windows 7 Engineering blog.

Windows 7 will next appear in a Release Candidate version, a dress rehearsal edition that signals a piece of software will soon be finalised.

Mr Sinofsky stresses he isn’t making any predictions about when Windows 7 will come out, but it there is now a broad industry consensus that the new OS will appear during the second half of this year.

How many versions?
One key question still lingers. Although Windows 7 has collected mainly glowing reviews, and been praised for its ability to run on cheap, gruntless netbooks, Microsoft has yet to say if it will follow Apple’s MacOS lead and release a single version, or follow its Vista strategy and release a plethora of versions from cheap and under-featured to full-featured but priced more than a budget PC

The below screenshot, from Engadget, seems to indicate that history will repeat itself. Let’s hope that’s one feature that stays nixed in the Release Candidate.


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I feel like Windows 7 will be the moment of truth for Microsoft...if they can't pull this one off, they will be sunk as a brand. About a week ago, <a href="http://blog.marketingdoctor.tv">John Tantillo</a> (branding expert, a.k.a. The Marketing Doctor) featured Microsoft in his weekly brand winner/loser posts (......as the loser, of course, with Apple as the winner).

It's easy to criticize a company and not always easy to suggest feasible fixes, but Tantillo points out that Microsoft is out of touch with its Target Market. Apple has a lot of hype surrounding the release of its products in large part because they are delivering products that are Of Interest to their Target Market to begin with. They don't need to generate any sort of artificial demand; rather, their marketing (as good marketing should be) is a means of communicating with their Target Market. Microsoft, on the other hand, enjoyed a dominant position in the market for a long time "and because of the way it evolved, the company does not have real marketing in its bones."

<a href="http://blog.marketingdoctor.tv/2009/01/24/brand-winners-and-losers-apple... winner/loser post on Apple and Microsoft </a>

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Windows 7 is a quick fix of the failure of Windows Vista. What MS failed to understand is that too many software and drivers are incompatible with Vista and so goes the same for Windows 7. I think this spells the end of the dominance of Microsoft. We want "CHANGE" just like Osama put it. It's high time, Mac, Linux or Google take over.

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If you knew anything about windows 7, you would know how different it is from previous versions of windows!

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does Osama use a Mac or Windows?

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The difference between an "s" and a "b" can make a big difference!

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Windows 7 is a drastic upgrade over vista...Most people critized vista before ever using it to begin with, if you want to use a mac that support almost no 3rd party applications thats your choice..if you want to use a practicle OS , go download the windows 7 beta

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When Windows Vista came out, many of the applications working on xp didn't work in Vista. That can be also said that applications of 2002 did not worked in 2007.

But now, Windows 7 is releasing in 2010. I don't think people will be still using softwares made in 2002 in 2010 (8 years after).I don't think any body will be using Norton Antivirus 5 or 6 or Adobe Photoshop 6/7 or Encarta 2003. People can't upgrade to a recent OS but can upgrade seamlessly to a newer version of applications.
Windows 7 is extensively backward compatible to Vista.

Every Vista driver works on Win7.
Every Vista-certified application works on Win7
Every Vista-computer runs Win7 and even faster than Vista.

And Windows 7 has been received better than Vista which was considered a failure even before releasing.

(Microsoft Office suites are an exception. 41%: Office 2007, 56%: Office 2003,1.8%: Office XP, 0.2%: Office 2000 and earlier)

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It's very difficult to test a Beta version of Windows 7 if you can't install a simple Printer such as HP Photosmart C6180 or Brother MFC-440CN, I downloaded de latest drivers for Vista. Try to install WinOnCD 10 a Burning program without succes. Office 2003 and IBM Lotus Organizer it’s works but without a printer you have nothing. So where is the backwards compatibility with Vista.

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Abhinav, that's not true. Sometime, I like to break out old games, such as Microsoft's own Age of Empires 2, from 1996. On XP, it works fine. On Vista, network games to not work, no matter what you do. It's a known problem and is very irritating and is an example of the kind of thing that Microsoft really needs to avoid with Windows 7.

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Sloane, the reason why so many drivers were incompatible with vista wasn't entirely Microsoft's fault. The manufacturers of those drivers have to share the blame also. You hope that when you first show your product half a year to a year before it comes out, that your partners have been following the products progress and will have programs or drivers out at the same time as the product.
But it wasn't until half a year into vista's life that proper drivers did came out, leaving people with the perception that vista wasn't compatible.
As to Apple or linux taking over from Microsoft - Don't think so, mainly because neither of these two communites want to - they've seen what happens when you became dominate - more regulation - more viruses etc. Apple prides itself on saying that everything just works and how they are immuned to viruses compared to the PC.
If they became dominate all this would became a memory.

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Look, the bottom line is that Microsoft will always be playing catch up with OSX. OSX is without a doubt the greatest operating system around bar none. I've used many versions of linux (after many windows frustrations over the years) and then finally made the jump to mac and will never look back.. I haven't even had to install any version of windows on it yet through boot camp like I thought I would.

MS will try to catch Apple with OS X but even if they make strides with this Windows 7, by then Leopard will have evolved to the new Snow Leopard which will make OS X even more stable and efficient than it already is..

MS always eating OS X dust.. if u don't believe me, i dare you to try os x for even a few days. U will NEVER go back, believe me!

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I've heard many complaining about Windows Vista, but for Windows 7 I've come across better reviews. Of course many years have to pass from one upgrade to another since once product can ensure sales for a longer period of time and that's what matters most, the sales. Frankly, I find that rather fair.. The important issue with Windows though is <a rel="follow" href="http://housecall.trendmicro.com/">virus detection</a> and virus cleaning.. there are still problems to solve on this matter..

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