Monday, March 30, 2009

Have a Windows 7 Snack

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Starving for Windows 7? While the leaked information and screenshots and even the actual bits of such builds as 7068 might, indeed, be sufficient to satisfy your hunger for Windows 7, Microsoft is also making sure that users can access a “between leaks” snack. “Introducing Windows 7” is a 26-minute long video presentation of the next iteration of the Windows client made available via Silverlight. The introduction offers information on the benefits of Windows 7, but also on improved accessibility, enhanced security, bettered operational efficiency, and managing images using DISM. The video is available here.

“The Windows 7 client operating system offers innovative technologies that improve performance, reliability, security, and compatibility. It also offers new capabilities that help organizations improve user productivity, enhance security, and reduce operating costs. Because Windows 7 is built on the same platform as Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, the investments you make in Windows Vista readiness—application testing and hardware assessment—will help speed the adoption of Windows 7 in your environment,” Microsoft's description of the learning snack reads.

Of course, there are additional learning snacks available, focused on Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, virtualization, web 2.0 development, Silverlight and Core Infrastructure Optimization (Core IO). “Learning Snacks are short, interactive presentations about popular topics created by Microsoft Learning (our mother org) experts. Each Snack is delivered by using Microsoft Silverlight technology and includes various media, such as animations and recorded demos,” Devon Musgrave, a developmental editor at Microsoft Press, revealed.

The past week, information and screenshots on both Build 7068 and 7070 leaked into the wild. At the same time, the 32-bit and 64-bit flavors of Windows 7 Build 7068 also managed to find their way onto torrent trackers. Microsoft is currently reported to have moved past Build 7070 with the Windows development milestones from the Release Candidate (RC) branch.

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