A Canuck In The Machine

Mark Relph - Senior Director - Startup and VC Team

October, 2009

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    The awesome Kyle moment from the Windows 7 Launch

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    (thanks to Ina Fried at CNET for the video)



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    From the Windows 7 launch – Microsoft Watch press coverage

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    I had breakfast with several reports and bloggers today before the launch event… here is some of the coverage:

    eWeek Microsoft Watch - “How Microsoft Ensured That Windows 7 Would Improve Over Vista



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    Photo stitch from the New York Windows 7 Launch Event

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    Thanks to my colleague Dan for sharing this stitched image from the launch event (made with a Canon 7D and Windows Live Photo Gallery)

     



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    Amazon announces The Kindle Reader For PC at the launch of Windows 7!

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    I had the pleasure of being here in New York with Amazon as we announced the Kindle Reader for PCBrandon over at the windowsteamblog.com has a good overview of the application as well.  It’s a free app that brings the Kindle experience to Windows and it is optimized for Windows 7.  That means not only do you get access to the Amazon Kindle book store and can synch with your other devices using Whispersynch, but you get Jumplists and Touch integration as well. 

    kindle2kindle_PC_jumplist

    With Kindle for PC, readers can take advantage of the following features:

    • Purchase, download, and read hundreds of thousands of books available in the Kindle Store
    • Access their entire library of previously purchased Kindle books stored on Amazon’s servers for free
    • Choose from over 10 different font sizes and adjust words per line
    • Add and automatically synchronize bookmarks and last page read
    • View notes and highlights marked on Kindle and Kindle DX
    • Zoom in and out of text with a pinch of the fingers (Windows 7 users only)
    • Turn pages with a finger swipe (available in a future release for Windows 7 users)

    The beta will launch in November and the plan is to make the app international.  Check out the video:


    Kindle for PC Demo on Windows 7
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    Posted to the Windowsteamblog.com – Compatibility Center and Upgrade Advisor

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    Check out my post on the Windowsteamblog about 2 really important tools for anyone considering upgrading.

     

    “There is a lot of excitement for the launch of Windows 7 and we know many of you are looking for information as you think about upgrading. To help you, we are announcing the availability of two great tools today – the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor and the Windows 7 Compatibility Center.

    Both these tools are available at www.windows.com/compatibility- your place to go for any Windows 7 compatibility questions you might have. Not only will you find links to the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor and Windows 7 Compatibility Center, you’ll also get compatibility help from experts in the Microsoft Answers Forums and the Windows Help & How-to team.”

     

    Windows 7 Compatibility Center Results

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    The Canadian Crew Shows Off Cool Windows 7 Hardware…..

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    Joey and the crew showing off to the press as we get ready for Windows 7… [From Global Nerdy]

    Joey devilla, standing beside a "Windows 7: Welcome!" sign



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    Compatibility & Ecosystem Momentum For Windows 7

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    [This post also appears on WindowsTeamBlog.com]

    Hi, it’s Mark Relph again from the Windows Ecosystem Team here at Microsoft. Over the summer, our team posted a series of updates on our progress overall and with hardware and software vendors. In advance of the launch of Windows 7, I wanted to provide an update on our progress to ready the ecosystem of hardware and software products that work with Windows. While Windows 7 is designed to be compatible with the most popular hardware and software products you use every day. Compatibility is critical and we’ve continued our focus on making sure our hardware and software partners have all the resources they need to test and build on Windows 7. We have spent a lot of time with these partners in the last few months, including hosting more than 60 application compatibility labs, 6 logo fests, and outreach to partners in more than 93 different countries. In the Windows Ecosystem Readiness Program alone we now have over 50,000 developers from 17,000 companies using our technical resources to ready their products for Windows 7. This is translating into great momentum and real results:

    • We have been hard at work partnering with vendors to confirm the compatibility of thousands of products to work with Windows 7. 
    • As seen in our Windows 7 Logo Program update, while many products just work, we have thousands of partners meeting a higher quality bar by receiving the Compatible with Windows 7 Logo more than 6,000 hardware and software products. For example, we have more applications with the Windows 7 software logo today than we had at launch for any previous release of Windows.
    • On the hardware side, 9 out of 10 beta testers and early adopters of Windows 7 have the drivers available for all hardware devices in and connected to their PCs.
    • Here are examples of two partners, Sansa and Roxio who are ready for Windows 7 as part of the Ready.Set.7 program:

     

     

    All of this activity by partners and Microsoft goes to ensuring that customers continue to have a breadth of choice of great products available on Windows 7. To help customers find compatible products, we will unveil a new Windows Compatibility Center Website for the launch of Windows 7. We will have more on this as we get closer to launch, but thousands of products are being populated into the Compatibility Center right now based on confirmed statements of support from partners. If you are a customer, you can be confident that we are working with our partners to ensure you find the compatibility status, downloads, and helpful resources for the products you use every day.

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    If you are a hardware or software partner, please help Microsoft to tell our customers about your products. If you have not yet submitted your status - now is the time. Ensuring your product status is listed on the Compatibility Center so customers know your Windows 7 readiness status. You can visit the Product submission page to get started. If you are an ISV, there are some additional resources as a part of our Green Light program at www.isvappcompat.com.



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    The Windows Logo Program……

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    I’ve recently started blogging over on the Windowsteamblog.com… it is great to be blogging again and I’ll be starting posting back to my personal work blog soon as well…. for now – check out the post here

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