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Text by Sébastian SEIBT

Latest update : 2009-01-09

Introduced as “simple, reliable and fast”, Windows 7, a follow-up to Windows Vista, will be downloadable on Microsoft’s website as of January 9.


Introduced as “simple, reliable and fast”, Windows 7, a follow-up to Windows Vista, will be downloadable on Microsoft’s website as of January 9.


Windows Vista is dead, long live Windows 7? Not quite yet but Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s CEO, has already officially launched the new operating system. In his 2009 keynote speech, he announced that a beta version (non-commercialized test version) will be downloadable starting January 9 on Microsoft’s official website. “In France, it will be available at midnight,” Arnaud Lambert, Windows project manager told FRANCE 24.



Users will have to wait a little longer for the final version; no official date has yet been set. “When Vista was launched, we expected a follow-up version to be ready three years later, which brings us to 2010,” says Lambert. But certain analysts believe that Microsoft will try to come out with a new version as early as September 2009, to take advantage of the new academic session sales boost.


“Simplicity, reliability and speed” were key words in Ballmer’s speech as he unveiled the new system. The promise seems intended to brush away gloomier days, when Windows Vista got off to a rocky start. At the time, the system made computers slower to power on, and some programs were no longer compatible with each other. “The problems were a hard blow to our image, but current updates have made Vista our most complete operating system,” says Lambert. “That’s why Microsoft is saying that Seven is just Vista’s ‘continuum’.”


Among other new features, the company has particularly stressed the Homegroup concept, which allows all of the computers in one household to share multimedia files easily. Windows 7 will also include touch-screen technology, in keeping with current software trends, set by Microsoft nemesis Apple’s star product, the iPhone. Once you get a screen that supports this new technology, you won’t need a mouse or keyboard anymore.


Finally, in a bold move for the company that once created software basics such as Word or Excel, Microsoft has decided to focus on online software opportunities. “People use online services like Flikr or webmail all the time. Thanks to Windows, Live 7 will allow users to remain permanently connected to their online communities. Rumours of a new line of online Microsoft Office software, similar to the current Google Document system, are already spreading.



Date created : 2009-01-09