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Back from the PDC…next up, WinHEC

Back from the PDC…next up, WinHEC

This has been an amazingly special week for the Windows 7 team.  We’re all incredibly appreciative of the reception of Windows 7 this week at the PDC.  Thank you!

All of us on the team have been closely watching the news reports and blogs of those who have been “kicking the tires” of the Windows 7 pre-beta.  The reception has been fantastic and we’re humbled by the excitement and enthusiasm for the release.  We know we have a ton of work ahead of us to get to beta and then the path to RTM, and the reception has definitely given us an extra special motivation (though we were already pretty motivated).

Next week is our conference dedicated to the hardware partners in the ecosystem we have talked about.  Called WinHEC (Windows Hardware Engineering Conference), we’ll have another series of sessions and keynotes.  Jon DeVaan will be taking the lead as we dive into the details of “fundamentals” and the work we are doing with some of the many partners involved in Windows 7.  WinHEC also has a strong focus on Windows Server 2008 R2 (the server built off the Windows 7 kernel).  These sessions will all be available online as well.

So with all the shows we’re taking a short break from the blog as the folks that do the presenting are also the writers (myself included).

Below is a list of all the sessions on Windows 7 from the PDC.  Please take some time to have a look as the information is very detailed for sure.  How about using the comments on this post to ask questions of the sessions that you’d like to see more details on down the road?  That would be really helpful for us to target our posts.

Many of you have written asking about the beta and how to sign up or download it.  The best source for information on that will be the site http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7 which our product marketing team owns and will keep up to date as the beta information is available.  Also note that the Windows Vista blog which is where you will see announcements / news has been updated to reflect the inclusion of Windows 7.  This blog is now known as the Windows Blog.

One of the very fun moments for me at the PDC was an “Open Space” session on the floor of the “Big Room” which was an open-microphone discussion.  Channel9 captured this and might be a fun watch.  See http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/Charles/Steven-Sinofsky-at-the-PDC2008-Open-Space/

For those of you interested in the Windows 7 APIs and what’s new for developers there is an overview document that you might find valuable.  See Windows 7 Developer Guide on MSDN.

Thank you very much for all the emails you have sent.  I always share them with the team and really appreciate it.

Presentation URL
KYN02 Day Two #1 - Ray Ozzie, Steven Sinofsky, Scott Guthrie and David Treadwell (Windows 7 starts +17:00 minutes) http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/KYN02/
PC01 Windows 7: Web Services in Native Code http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/PC01/
PC02 Windows 7: Extending Battery Life with Energy Efficient Applications http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/PC02/
PC03 Windows 7: Developing Multi-touch Applications http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/PC03/
PC04 Windows 7: Writing Your Application to Shine on Modern Graphics Hardware http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/PC04/
PC13 Windows 7: Building Great Audio Communications Applications http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/PC13/
PC14 Windows 7 Scenic Ribbon: The next generation user experience for presenting commands in Win32 applications. http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/PC14/
PC15 Windows 7: Benefiting from Documents and Printing Convergence http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/PC15/
PC16 Windows 7: Empower users to find, visualize and organize their data with Libraries and the Explorer http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/PC16/
PC18 Windows 7: Introducing Direct2D and DirectWrite http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/PC18/
PC19 Windows 7: Designing Efficient Background Processes http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/PC19/
PC22 Windows 7: Design Principles for Windows 7 http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/PC22/
PC23 Windows 7: Integrate with the Windows 7 Desktop http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/PC23/
PC24 Windows 7: Welcome to the Windows 7 Desktop http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/PC24/
PC25 Windows 7: The Sensor and Location Platform: Building Context-Aware Applications http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/PC25/
PC42 Windows 7: Deploying Your Application with Windows Installer (MSI) and ClickOnce http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/PC42/
PC43 Deep Dive: What's New with user32 and comctl32 in Win32 http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/PC43/
PC44 Windows 7: Programming Sync Providers That Work Great with Windows http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/PC44/
PC50 Windows 7: Using Instrumentation and Diagnostics to Develop High Quality Software http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/PC50/
PC51 Windows 7: Best Practices for Developing for Windows Standard User http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/PC51/
PC52 Windows 7: Writing World-Ready Applications http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/PC52/
ES20 Developing Applications for More Than 64 Logical Processors in Windows Server 2008 R2 http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/ES20/

See you on this blog soon enough!

--Steven

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  • @Steven & The Windows 7 Team

    Hello Win7 team. I tried out the new Win7 taskbar hidden in the PDC version. The experience is good, but not quite fulfilling. When I have many tabs in IE8, about 12 tabs, I couldn't get any preview anymore. The idea is that there are not enough space per row (if dock at top/bottom). The previews becomes text and I have to click IE8 to open up the group list instead of mouse hover. It is like XP nightmare all over again.

    My first expectation is that OS will expand the preview to multiple rows or columns when necessary. I think this is particularly important to IE8 because we opens a lot of tabs and you treat each tab as one task.

    Please make the experience more fulfilling. Thank you.

  • The decade old bugs from Notepad (word wrap and save bugs especially) haven't been fixed. WordPad still needs a spell checker, justified formatting and more features (like the Works work processor) more than the Ribbon. How about adding some actual features to Paint rather than just UI decorations? Command prompt, Character Map and System Information haven't been touched in decades. The sound recorder should let users specify the WMA encoding settings or let users use WMA Pro (which maintains quality much better than WMA).

    THIS!! !is the pre-beta!!!?

  • Mr. Sinofsky, why was the classic Start Menu removed?

    Is there a way Microsoft could bring it back via an update or something?

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