Microsoft Delivers Pre-Beta Release of Windows 7 to Developers

Submitted by lalit on October 28, 2008 - 1:45pm.

Microsoft today delivered pre-beta build of Windows 7 to Professional Developers Conference (PDC) attendees and announced plans to release a full Windows 7 beta early next year. Microsoft also did the first full public demo of Windows 7 showing various new features.
Microsoft says that Windows 7 is designed to make everyday tasks faster and easier and make new things possible for end users. According to Microsoft, Windows 7 will enable the following for end users:

  • Work the way you want. Windows 7 will deliver the fundamental performance, reliability and security features that people expect -- and it is designed to be compatible with the same hardware, applications and device drivers as Windows Vista. New features will help protect privacy and data, make it easier to keep a PC running smoothly, and enable quicker recovery from problems.
  • Make everyday tasks faster and easier. Windows 7 will streamline and simplify the tasks people do most often. Improved navigation, a new taskbar and a streamlined user interface put commonly used resources within easy reach. Sharing data across all PCs and devices will be easier at home, in the office or on the go. Windows 7 and Windows Live will help users stay connected to the people and things they care about, and Internet Explorer 8 will offer a faster, safer and more productive Web experience.
  • Make new things possible. Windows 7 will offer more choice in how users interact with their PCs, such as through multitouch gestures. With Device Stage, Windows 7 enables people to get more from the devices they use most often with their PC, such as cameras, phones and printers. Windows 7 also will make it easier to use home audio-video systems and other networked media devices to play music, watch videos and display photos that reside on Windows-based PCs. And Windows 7 will offer more options than ever to customize and personalize Windows-based PCs with styles that match the user's personality.

"We are excited to be delivering a pre-beta developer release of Windows 7 today at PDC2008," said Steven Sinofsky, senior vice president of the Windows and Windows Live Engineering Group. "With our new approach to planning and development we now have a great foundation for our partners to start learning and innovating on this exciting new version of Windows."
Overall Windows 7 is focused on improving the UI and for that Microsoft has added new taskbar, Ribbon, destinations and shell integration, enhance discoverability and usability for all applications.  Ars Technica has posted a very comprehensive first look of Windows 7 user interface.
[Via PR Newswire]