Microsoft confirms pre-beta Windows 7 for PDC attendees

Attendees will get code on 160GB USB drive

Microsoft Wednesday squelched speculation on when the public would get its hands on Windows 7 code by confirming that attendees at its Professional Developers Conference would receive a pre-beta version.

Microsoft blogger Dan Fernandez, an evangelist for developers and platforms at the company, said every PDC attendee would get a pre-beta build of Windows 7 on a custom 160GB external USB 2.0 drive.

There is still no official word when Beta 1 of Windows 7 will be shipped. Microsoft has said it plans to ship the final version of Windows 7 around January 2010.

The company also said Steven Sinofsky, senior vice president for the Windows and Windows Live Engineering Group, would deliver a keynote address on October 28, the second day of the Los Angeles conference. Previously, Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's chief technology officer and leader of its cloud computing initiative; Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president of Microsoft's .Net Developer Division; and David Treadwell, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Live Platform Services, were scheduled to speak at that time.

Ozzie and Bob Muglia, senior vice president of the server and tools division, will give the keynote on the first day, which was already part of the original PDC agenda.

Fernandez also said Windows 7 will be featured in 21 sessions. Those sessions will show attendees improvements in the operating system including the kernel, networking, hardware and devices, and user-interface, according to the official conference Web site.

To date, IT has heard nothing about the new networking features in Windows 7.

The Windows 7 sessions will cover topics such as energy efficiency; graphics systems; building communication applications; documents and printing convergence; new APIs to find, visualize and organize; new text and graphics APIs; the operating system's design principals; and APIs for building context-aware applications.

A video posted Monday on Microsoft's Channel 9 blog offered minimal hints to other content at the PDC, but it did reveal that Ozzie would lay out his comprehensive services platform. The video also shows the USB 2.0 drive that will be handed out.

A beta version of Windows 7 called Milestone 3 has been sent to select testers and Mary Jo Foley's "All about Microsoft" blog is pegging the end of the year for the first public beta.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Windows 7

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

John Fontana

Network World
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?