Here are some Common FAQ about Windows 7
What is Windows 7?The upcoming Windows desktop operating system following Windows Vista. It is currently in development at Microsoft.
When will Windows 7 ship?Originally, a Microsoft VP confirmed that Windows 7 is expected to be released in January 2010, which puts it in the three-year period after the general availability of Windows Vista (which took place in January 2007.) However, more recent news claim to have Windows 7 released 6 months earlier, in June 3, 2009.
Why the name ‘Windows 7’?If the history of naming products at Microsoft has thought us anything, it’s that until very soon before the release of the product, we will be dealing with a code-name. This means that Windows 7 is not the final name of the product. The reason behind the name is that Windows Vista is using NT Kernel version 6, and Windows 7 will presumably be labeled with NT Kernel version 7.
Is Windows 7 the same as Windows Vienna?Yes; Windows 7 was previously named Windows Vienna (hence the name of this website) and before that, Windows Blackcomb. They are the same operating systems only with different names.
Is Windows 7 a major operating system release?Since “major” is a relative term, and it can mean different things to different people, there is no straight answer to this one. Windows 7 will not break all compatibility with previous applications and hardware supported by Windows Vista for the sake of starting from scratch, despite original reports that claimed so. All the security hardening introduced in Vista will be found in Windows 7. Windows Vista serves as a foundation for upcoming Windows operating systems (such as Windows 7 and the already released Windows Server 2008.)
Are there any distinguished features of Windows 7?While Microsoft is being careful at releasing details on the features of Windows 7, the released videos and screenshots show an improved Windows Explorer, WinFS storage technology (but under a different name), improved search functions (for the local system, networks and the Internet) and a revamped GUI designed by Julie Larson-Green and other members of the team responsible for the Office 2007 ribbon interface.
Will Windows 7 be released exclusively for 64-bit processors?No, but it will be the last one to ship for 32-bit processors.
How many people are working on Windows 7?According to Microsoft, over 2000 developers and 500 managers.
Additional Informations About Windows 7
Windows 7 Improves Performance & Energy:
While Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista is known to have increased the performance and stability of the operating system, reports show that the pre-beta Build 6801 of Windows 7 delivers a superior level of performance to that of Windows Vista.
Through reduced background activity by minimizing the number of services running at startup, the number of disk operations, the reading and writing to and from the the registry, and the indexing of files, Windows 7 promises to increase the performance of the operating system but also to consume much less energy.
The Windows services will now be capable of starting depending on triggers, making it unnecessary for the services to run continuously simply to monitor an action, like they would now. Developers would be able to configure these triggers and develop their services accordingly. Windows 7 also comes with a set of preconfigured services that are accessible to developers via the Service Control Manager.
The processor will stay idle longer and get into that state more often in order to decrease power consumption. Devices that are not being used at the time will be shut down more often; this includes storage drives, network adapters and graphic cards.
However, Microsoft pointed out that its up to the developers that write software for the Windows platform to continue this practice of being energy efficient and generally resource conservative. According to Microsoft, the developers now have sufficient tools to control the power consumption of their applications to a great extent.
Windows 7 Boot Time & Performance:
According to the Experts,Who constantly watching the memory usage, CPU usage, disk operations, boot, shutdown, standby and resume time, among other metrics. They are also working on improving device driver performance, network performance and boot performance. A very fast boot would be 15 seconds or less, and the Windows team is working towards getting more systems to achieve that performance with Windows 7 – while keeping in mind that obviously the hardware plays an important factor.
The measurements are done on a wide range of hardware platforms, with various amounts of RAM, hard-disks and solid-state disks, 32 bit and 64 bit processors. The Windows operating system also uses conditional statements that target different code depending on the available hardware.
Furthermore, the Fundamentals Team’s primary objective is to improve the performance of Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8. Aside from that, a single team of developers has been assigned the task of increasing the boot performance of the operating system. Tests are being done in a benchmark lab that allow to track and compare different versions of the Windows 7 code.