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Veil About To Lift On Windows 7?



It looks like we might start hearing some info on Windows 7 relatively soon. Microsoft has a new blog, Engineering Windows 7, authored by the Silencer himself, Steve Sinofsky, and Jon DeVaan, who is in charge of the Windows Core Operating System.

There’s not much info being blogged yet, except for some corporate speak about why they lid has been clamped down so tightly up to now.

In leading up to this blog we have seen a lot of discussion in blogs about what Microsoft might be trying to accomplish by maintaining a little bit more control over the communication around Windows 7 (some might say that this is a significant understatement). We, as a team, definitely learned some lessons about ““disclosure” and how we can all too easily get ahead of ourselves in talking about features before our understanding of them is solid. Our intent with Windows 7 and the pre-release communication is to make sure that we have a reasonable degree of confidence in what we talk about when we do talk. 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.

With the Professional Developers Conference coming up in October, I look for some information to start trickling out about then. But, I’m guessing it will still be very tightly controlled. Pendulum swings are tough to ride.

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