What will Windows 7 look like?

By now, everyone has heard how Microsoft plans to release the next Windows client OS, Windows 7, in 2010. But what the company is not making clear is what new features the OS will have, a topic that has become fodder for educated Windows 7 speculation. Analysts said Microsoft probably is keeping tight-lipped about what Windows 7 will look like because at this point, company engineers and executives don't even know.

"They don't want to commit because they don't have a good idea what's in it," said Michael Silver, an analyst with Gartner. "We're three years out, so you can't really expect that much detail." Michael Cherry, an analyst with Directions on Microsoft, said that with so many people still in the midst of upgrading to the latest client OS, Windows Vista, he's hesitant to speculate on what might be in the next OS. "We barely know the features of the one we just got," he said with a laugh.

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As I recall, when they released XP they were already talking about Longhorn (Vista) AND Vienna (now 7) ... if anything I'm surprised we're not talking about Windows 8 already too.

Marshalus said,
As I recall, when they released XP they were already talking about Longhorn (Vista) AND Vienna (now 7) ... if anything I'm surprised we're not talking about Windows 8 already too.

Thats right, Longhorn was announced as an "interim" release in June of 2001, nearly a couple months before XP even RTMed. Blackcomb first revealed in 2000 was designated as a major update expected for release back in 2005. But once Bill Gates headed up the Longhorn Project it was refocused as a major release of Windows with the WinFS Pillar and new user interface talk. Longhorn should have been here from 2002, but didn't happen, now its here as (Vista), lets enjoy it.

As for what it will look like, I don't even think MS knows, but I'm sure the following will be true:

Some form of Virtualization at the Kernel level
More multi-threaded
More multi-core aware
Tight integration with the Windows Live Services, Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Photo Gallery
Windows Live Drive
More Subscription based services
PC Syncing
Better security
Better Search
Improved performance

What will it look like? WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE?!! Wow. I wonder how many more processes it will load. How much more GPU power it will require. How much more disk space it will consume. How more secure at the expense of annoyances be implemented? ........................

Hopefully Windows 7's UI will pack more polish than Windows Vista does. With that I mean no more legacy icons, less pixelish elements, a transparent black UAC overlay that actually fades in and out instead of it's sudden appearance right now etc. Somewhat more toned down colors wouldn't be bad either.

.Neo said,
Hopefully Windows 7's UI will pack more polish than Windows Vista does. With that I mean no more legacy icons, less pixelish elements, a transparent black UAC overlay that actually fades in and out instead of it's sudden appearance right now etc. Somewhat more toned down colors wouldn't be bad either.

I agree, I still jaggies. I can't seem to get all icons at consistent size without some looking jaggy.

reactionary007 said,
hopefully no more green fading to yellow in some hideous pukish swirl for a logon screen.

I hope they change the TV screen profile (user) icons to something better.

why dont they spend time fixing the crap that is vista instead of just coming out with a whole new OS and charging people even more for it. people payed good money for vista and this is basically MS's way of telling those people that they f'ed up and vista really isnt that good after all

Maybe you missed this bit:

everyone has heard how Microsoft plans to release the next Windows client OS, Windows 7, in 2010

They're talking about the next version, not about covering over the release of Vista, which I might add, I don't see any problems with overall, no more than any other OS release anyway.

Neonemesis said,
why dont they spend time fixing the crap that is vista

I couldn't have said it better.

There are a few nice features in Vista (per application audio control is the best IMO) but Vista over all is meh.

MrCobra said,

I couldn't have said it better.

There are a few nice features in Vista (per application audio control is the best IMO) but Vista over all is meh.


or at least, a few nice features that appeal to you
compared to many nice features for me, including UAC

why dont they spend time fixing the crap that is vista instead of just coming out with a whole new OS and charging people even more for it

No one is saying they're scrapping the plans of future Vista service packs. :-p

MS has more than one programming division, and they usually even work concurrently.

Many, many, many, many patents are patented just for the sake of owning the patent. They just want the IP. I doubt they'd ever implement it.

Maybe, they should first change their "beta politic" and ask the [b]USERS[/b] (or a group of "normal users") what they really want, not only some software specialists, MVPs, nerds or other similar persons. Most of the problems with Vista are the result of this.

Lastwebpage said,
Maybe, they should first change their "beta politic" and ask the [b]USERS[/b] (or a group of "normal users") what they really want, not only some software specialists, MVPs, nerds or other similar persons. Most of the problems with Vista are the result of this.

Software specialists, MVPs, nerds or other similar persons "are normal people". I beta tested Vista and the reason why I wanted to test it was simply because Windows is a product I use everyday and I knew I would end up using Vista everyday. So I had the opportunity to offer feed back and tested areas of the product I felt strongly about that needed improving. Application switching, file organization and management, performance, look and feel, networking. Yes, some feedback did fall on deaf ears and some did make it through.

I don't understand why people who post negative comments about Vista don't list the problems or what they don't like about the OS. You just never know when a Microsoft developer or Program Manager might just be reading through comments. Sometimes I believe people just spread negative fud for no reason.

I think vista is, evolutionary I don't like it nor do I hate it, is it necessary NO, is it cool for the time I got to use it I got annoyed by it to much hassle for making simple stuff like saving a file or opening notepad or the weird start menu, its impressive in some aspects and its cool looking but strip it and u got xp sp2.1

And yea microsoft makes good software I respect that, love it or hate it with your guts they are good.

If so many people think that OS's like that suck, or that new OS's are full with glitches and undesirable stuff, then be my guest and create your own OS with all the features and perfection and security, and eyecandy and revolutionary amazing stuff you can ever think and dream off.

About windows 7? prettier more stuff and same ol new OS process, you still do the same thing that you do since you started with computing only on a prettier enviroment. eg. mp3's, dvd's using word, using your personal apps, surfing the web downloading crap, and complaining about the same ol thing as usual because the OS isn't perfect enough for your taste unless they make quantum self-aware computers, its gonna be same ol new OS, more cash for the companies, more merchandising etc etc etc.

Why is it that considering they had a themable UI from XP on, they don't just go all the way and publically expose it?

Then people can stop whining that the new UI is ugly, and make it look like freaking MacOS 7 if they want.

I thought it odd that both OSX (10.0) and XP were going to support elaborate themes, and both backed out late in development.

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