Monthly Archives: August 2008

Windows 7 Team Speaks

From Engineering Windows 7


It is pretty easy to think of the Windows team as one group or one
entity, and then occasionally one specific person comes to represent
the team—perhaps she gave a talk at a conference, wrote a book or
article folks become familiar with, or maybe he has a blog. Within
Microsoft, the Windows product is really a product of the whole company
with people across all the development groups contributing in some form
or another. The Windows engineering team “proper” is jointly managed by
Jon and me. Jon manages the core operating system, which is, among many
things, the kernel, device infrastructure, networking, and the
engineering tools and system (all of which are both client and server).
I am part of the Windows client experience team which develops, among
many things, the shell and desktop, graphics, and media support. One
other significant part of the Windows product is the Windows Media
Center which is a key contribution managed along with all of
Microsoft’s TV support (IPTV, extenders, etc.).

Read the entire article here

A very informative post that goes into the intricacies of building Microsoft Windows, Steven has really given a good perspective on the people who are responsible for delivering the features and building the platform that both end users/developers can use to build products and be productive from. Steve pointed the irony of what so many people seem to despise about Windows its size, its too big, too big to manage, yet the amount of comments and request seem to reflect the growing need based on customer demand for more to be added to Windows. Relevant issues the Windows 7 Team have discussed based on what users are asking about is to make Windows even faster, and it is indeed a challenge, but I am glad to see it become a priority in this release.


Filed under Windows 7

Its Official – Windows Server 7 to be a Minor Release

Well, what an interesting turn of events, Microsoft has confirmed that Windows Server 7 will be a minor release, which is rather confusing to me. The NOS will beer a similar name to the now on the market Windows Server 2008 only with a slight addition ‘R2’. What was so hard in going with Windows Server 2009 or Windows Server 2010? The out of date naming scheme would to me reflect badly on the products marketing and significance to those interested in upgrading.


"Microsoft said on Monday that the server version of Windows 7 will not
be a major release and will bear the name Windows Server 2008 R2.

The move is surprising, given that in the past, Microsoft has
used R2 monikers to signify a product with a few new features, as
opposed to major changes to a product.
Microsoft declined to discuss what will be in Windows Server 2008 R2,
but a spokesman confirmed that it is the server version of Windows 7.
The release is due sometime in 2010, Microsoft said."

Read more here

I am confused to be honest with you, but as Microsoft continues to build this thing, it seems that there will be more confusing turns along the way.  My understanding and I hope this is it, but it seems the features in Windows 7, client and server will reflect version 7. I want the next release of Windows to clearly reflect meaning to the end user, I just don’t want it to be some release that is edging on almost sounding like a glorified Service Pack.


Filed under Windows 7

Is Windows 7 really just version 6.1?

Mary Jo’s recent realization of the miscommunication about the future of Windows Server releases unearth some new information about the versioning. An anonymous tipster informed MJ that Windows 7 (server and client) are actually version 6.1 and both products will RTM at the same time (ETA January 2010). What could this mean for Windows 7 both client and server? Don’t be confused though, Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 will share the same code base, meaning an NT 7 the kernel is still somewhere out in the future.

Here is what that person had to say:
“Furthermore, Windows 7, despite it’s rather pretentious sounding code name (a result of
Sinofsky’s like of big round numbers)
is NOT Windows NT 7, but rather 6.1(current builds are numbered 67xx as
a direct continuation of the longhorn codebase). Put simply, it is not
a big jump as a codebase revision and the new changes, on both the
client and server, will be focused on user features, not core OS
components. The big core OS changes are WDDM 2 and a kernel scheduler
update to remove the simple bitmask enumeration of processors so that
the OS can schedule more than 64 concurrent threads."

Thoughts? I don’t believe it for one sec! Remember the Eric Traut video, the guy working on MinWin? Well he asked
why Windows 7 is called Windows ‘7’. Then he began to list all the
versions of Windows "NT" based operating systems. This would conclude
that Windows 7 is indeed NT version 7, regardless it is considered

you look back at even the release of Windows NT 4.0, it was a minor
update that just added the Windows 95 shell, yet it was still given a
whole version number, both kernel version and release wise. We won’t know whats going on, and all of this from my perspective is really just discussion for now. Lets stay tuned to the Engineering 7 blog and hope we get more concrete info as the months lead up to PDC 2008 and WinHEC 2008. 


Filed under Windows 7

Update: No Windows Server 2008 R2 – Windows Server 7 FTW!

From All About Microsoft

Mary Jo has a great scope about Microsoft’s future Windows Server platform:
"Microsoft’s Windows Server division has veered from its regular
schedule to eliminate — at least in name — the minor “R2″ update of
Windows Server 2008 that was slated to arrive in the next year or two.
The result: The next version of Windows Server that Microsoft will ship
will be named “Windows 7 Server.”

Read the entire article here

The change of plans is not that surprising, but at the same time its good to see some clarity on the road map although most assumed Windows Server 2008 R2 would come in 2010 followed by 7 Server in 2011 or after. 2010 looks to be a big year of major product releases from Microsoft. In some ways it proves that Microsoft has improved in their development processes although Windows Server 2003 R2 focused on releasing Out of Band technologies together with the OS since some did not make it in the initial iteration of Windows Server 2003. Information about Windows 7 Server has been rather scarce compared to the client, then again, Windows Server 2008 was just brought to market in February of this year. Its good to see information is slowly but surely coming out about Microsoft’s next moves with Windows. The latest build of Windows Server 7 available to the public right now is: 6608.winmain_win7m2.080511-1400, which an assumed Microsoft employee posted rejoicing the Windows Server Teams success promoting the first Windows Server 7 build as a Domain Controller. A Cached copy of that post can be found here. Windows Server 7 is expected to be a 64 bit release only, while the client is expected to continue with a 32 and 64 bit release. 

UPDATE: Looks like there was some misinformation sent to Mary Jo about Windows Server 2008 R2 and its successor Windows Server 7, there is indeed a ‘Release 2’ update of Server 2008 still in the works. Read about it here.


Filed under Windows 7

11 Best Sites for Windows 7

A crescendo is slowly beginning to build for the next release of Windows and as I begin to develop my own interest in the OS, I thought it would be best to create a list of sites, that I personally consider to be the best when it comes to resources, reviews, news, updates and progress of the OS in addition to insider info. Its not in any specific order. I will continue to update the list as great sites appear:

  4. Engineering Windows 7
  7. NeoSmart Blogs
  9. Windows 7 Forum
  10. Channel 9
  11. Teching It Easy

Teching It Easy of course will be at the center of it all to provide reviews, perspectives and discussion with you the readers to help make this release the best version of Windows yet. In a future post I will give a little bit of info on each site. Stay tuned!


Filed under Windows 7

Congratulations Usain Bolt!

This is a great day for my country, Jamaica. Usain Bolt has proven to the world what an amazing athlete and individual he is. Clocking a world record 9.69 at the Beijing Olympics in China easily taking the Gold for 100m with confidence and pride.

Usain Bolt – Gold Medal 100m World Record Olympic Champion

Congratulations must also go to Trinidad and the USA who both took the Silver and Bronze respectively.


Filed under News and politics

Windows 7 Engineering with Steven Sinofsky and Jon DeVaan

From Windows 7 Engineering MSDN Blog

The Windows Team is building momentum towards the next major release of Windows, "7" which is expected sometime in early 2010. The blog will focus on engaging with Microsoft Partners and Customers in addition to enthusiast and bloggers. Teching It Easy will be there all the way, recreating the experience first started with ‘Windows Longhorn’. Here is a quick quote:

"Welcome to our first post on a new blog from Microsoft—the Engineering Windows 7 blog, or E7 for short. E7 is hosted by the two senior engineering managers for the Windows 7 product, Jon DeVaan and Steven Sinofsky. Jon and Steven, along with members of the engineering team will post, comment, and participate in this blog.

Beginning with this post together we are going to start looking forward towards the “Windows 7” project. We know there are tons of questions about the specifics of the project and strong desire to know what’s in store for the next major release of Windows. Believe us, we are just as excited to start talking about the release. Over the past 18 months since Windows Vista’s broad availability, the team has been hard at work creating the next Windows product.

The audience of enthusiasts, bloggers, and those that are the most passionate about Windows represent the folks we are dedicating this blog to. With this blog we’re opening up a two-way discussion about how we are making Windows 7. Windows has all the challenges of every large scale software project—picking features, designing them, developing them, and delivering them with high quality. Windows has an added challenge of doing so for an extraordinarily diverse set of customers. As a team and as individuals on the team we continue to be humbled by this responsibility."

Read more here

I couldn’t think of a better way to start this conversation. The team is focused on delivering accurate information and really present what’s real and what’s possible with this release of Windows. I personally believe in the focus on under promising and over delivering and that’s definitely what I believe we can expect this next major release. Yes, during Vista’s development there were promises and some disappointments along the way and the Windows Team is trying avoid that as much possible and I applaud them for the effort.

This early part of the conversation is targeted at developers and hardware engineers of course, and most persons interested will be able to get there first experiences with the OS this fall at the Public Developers Conference 2008 (PDC) and the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference 2008 (WinHEC).


Filed under Windows 7