Yesterday, I had the priviledge of attending a Windows 7 Live Meeting session with the OS team members from Redmond. I would like to thank Chris Leong from Microsoft Malaysia for providing me with this opportunity to chat with them. The 3 speakers during the event includes Stephen Rose (Senior Community Manager), Jason Leznek (Windows Client Group Product Manager) and Erik Lustig (Senior Product Manager) who are part of the Windows 7 team. From the chat, I have managed to dig out quite a number of points regarding Windows 7. Here, I would like to highlight some of the interesting snippets from the entire session:
- Windows 7 Beta Expiration. Bi-Hourly shutdowns will begin July 1st 2009, so upgrade to RC now to avoid this from happening. RC will only expire around June 2010.
- If you have been facing slowdowns in IE8 in Windows 7 RC compared to Windows 7 Beta, please ensure that your OS and browser have been updated with Windows Update. This issue may also happen if you are not using the genuine Windows 7 RC install, thus disallowing you to perform the necessary updates. It has also been mentioned that you should perform a clean install of the OS instead of doing a direct update from Beta to RC.
- Approximately 50% memory is now being saved for each open window in RC compared to Beta. This allows users to multitask even more.
- Windows XP mode which is a virtual machine software running on Windows 7 will only be available to Windows 7 Professional and above SKUs. Always use XP mode for programs having compatibility issues since Windows Vista.
- Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate edition have the same features. The only difference between both versions are just the features which are being turned on. e.g. Enterprise will have more business features such as IIS, Bitlocker turned on by default while for Ultimate, the entertainment features such as Windows Media Center will be turned on by default.
- Unlike previous Windows OS which takes a 3 year development lifecycle, Windows 7 only took a 2 year development lifecycle. The reason why it has been sped up is because of the availability of the telemetric system to obtain reports and historical data on crashes and problems on Windows Vista. Since Windows 7 is built based on the Vista code, it was easier for the team to identify the relevant problems and fix them soon.
- Up till today, about 80,000 people are running Windows 7 RC for their daily use without facing much issues.
I have also actually asked the team whether they can expose any changes which are currently being made from RC to RTM. However, they are reluctant to provide any details on that. They just said that the new features would most probably be cosmetic additions only and would not affect the way you work with Windows 7 like how you are using it in RC.