Other Windows 7 Questions That Need Answering
Article by George Norman
On 29 Oct 2008
The thing about these questions is that to some Microsoft will provide an answer at this month's PDC (Professional Developers Convention), while with others Microsoft will take its precious time. The answers will come in time, or they might not come at all. Here are some of the questions that did not make it in the previous article.

Will it be compatible with my other software products?


If you are one of those people that did not decide to skip Vista altogether, or at least skip it until Vista SP2 came out, then you will know that Vista did not play nice with other 3rd party software. Other Microsoft-based operating systems as well had hardware and software compatibility issues, not just Vista. Once you install a certain operating system on your machine it is vital to have the appropriate drivers and daily use software.

How will the UAC behave in Windows 7?

According to the corporate vice president of development with Microsoft's Windows Core Operating System Division, Ben Fathi, the UAC (User Account Control) feature in Windows 7 will provide more informative prompts and will be less intrusive.

What features will Windows Live have?

Mail, Movie Maker, and Photo Gallery are some of the software applications that have bee replaced with Windows Live, downloadable versions in the Windows 7 Beta. Officially, we will have to wait until the 12th of November to find out what other programs will be featured in Windows Live, but couldn't we meanwhile have just a little sneak peak?

Will it be flashy, or functional?

As we have seen in Vista, the development team behind this OS put a rather large interest in making it flashy, eye catchy. With Windows 7 will they once again focus on the bling, or on the functional aspect of the software?

When will the Alpha version of Windows 7 come out?

For those of you who are keeping track of this stuff, it took Microsoft five years to bring out Windows Vista, even though they made a pledge to bring out a new OS every three years. At this time it is generally believed that Windows 7 will be released sometime next year, but that date could easily be pushed back. The only thing that we are somewhat sure of is that Vista SP2 will drop in June, 2009.

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