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Trudy Walsh

CES serves up Windows 7

Microsoft met with me at CES to demo some of the features of Windows 7. My guide was Aaron D. Coldiron, a Microsoft senior marketing manager. Windows 7 runs on a foundation of Windows Vista, so it has all security features of that operating system, including Bit Locker drive encryption, Coldiron said.

One of the comments that came up in a survey of 250,000 Vista users was that they were annoyed by all the prompts and pop-up notes, he said. The operating system sent too many messages telling users of all it was doing on their behalf.

Windows 7 now lets users decide which application prompts it should send, if any, and when.

In related news, an updated version of Windows Live will be available here, Coldiron said. The new version will combine in one place feeds from social networking sites such as Flickr, Pandora, Photobucket, Twitter, WordPress and Yelp.

Coldiron, by the way, was also barred from the Steve Ballmer speech by hotel staff.

Posted by Trudy Walsh on Jan 12, 2009 at 9:39 AM


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