New blog for Windows 7

Microsoft's team developing the Windows 7 operating system has
come out with a new blog called "Engineering Windows 7." The blog will be a
place where the company plans to release information about its
still-in-development operating system. A post by Ed Bott was one of the first to spot

Windows 7 is being built on the kernel of Microsoft's current
operating system, Windows Vista. The new OS has been estimated as
appearing around January 2010, but Microsoft has been very quiet
about the details.

The Engineering Windows 7 blog maintains that tradition by
providing few details about the new OS. However, it has a long
explanation for why Microsoft has said so little thus far. One of
the problems is keeping Microsoft's partners clear on exactly what
will go into Windows 7.

"Our intent with Windows 7 and the prerelease communication is
to make sure that we have a reasonable degree of confidence in what
we talk about when we do talk," the Engineering Windows 7 blog
states. "Again, top of mind for us is the responsibility we feel to
make sure we are not stressing priorities, churning resource
allocations, or causing strategic confusion among the tens of
thousands of partners and customers who care deeply and have much
invested in the evolution of Windows."

The blog is being hosted by Jon DeVaan, senior vice president of
the Windows Core Operating System Division and Steven Sinofsky,
senior vice president of Windows and the Windows Live Engineering

Sinofsky is the Microsoft senior leader who spilled some of the
details, in a vague way, about Windows 7 to CNet blogger Ina Fried
in a May interview.

Microsoft plans to disclose further details about Windows 7 on
its new blog leading up to two of its high-profile tech events this
year: the Professional Developers Conference (Oct. 27 in
Los Angeles) and the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (Nov. 5
in Los Angeles).

Some of the hard technical details about Windows 7 will be
disclosed at those two events, according to Microsoft's blog.

About the Author

Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.


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