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Windows 7 Nears

Microsoft has been cleverly trying to turn the subject away from Vista and toward...well, toward just about anything else! Vista TV commercials mention Mojave more than the V-word, and the new, big Redmond word is "cloud."

On the desktop, Microsoft isn't shy about promoting Windows 7 and making it seem this OS is right around the corner. And it is -- at least in beta form. It looks like the first beta will be out this January. An alpha (I call it that, even though Microsoft has its own odd nomenclature) is already in the hands of developers who find it pretty solid.

One thing is pretty clear: Windows 7 is an extension of Vista. This means the hardware makers must build super-fast machines to give proper performance, that peripheral vendors must work with Microsoft on good drivers, and that Microsoft must clean up its code. If all three happen, Windows 7 could be a big success. Now, let's see how they all do!

Posted by Doug Barney on December 04, 2008 at 11:53 AM


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