TechNet Flash Feed : Windows 7 release date announced

For those of you who were wondering, Windows 7 will be released in time for the holidays.  I have beta tested the operating system for quite some time, and current have 3 machines running Windows 7 both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.  I am very happy with the Windows release.

If you are currently using Windows XP then I think you will like the new look and feel of this version, if you are using Windows Vista, there are only slight differences in the in the GUI; however there are tons of changes behind the scenes, including better security.

TechNet Flash Feed : Windows 7 release date announced

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6 Responses to TechNet Flash Feed : Windows 7 release date announced

  1. jimr says:

    In the Beta and the RC, they can; however in the RTM versions I would imagine they can’t – do to the privacy concerns. However WPA (Windows Product Activation) does have the ability to call home to insure that you are using a valid copy of Windows, also when you attempt to update Windows, you have to agree to allow Microsoft to check to see whether or not you have a valid copy of Windows.

  2. TVNews says:

    Is there any chance Microsoft can turn those features on by remote control?

  3. jimr says:

    TV, sorry it took so long to reply, as you are aware things are happening my neck of the woods [:)]

    Question #1 – Yes, I have ripped CD’s and DVD’s and burned without issue.

    Question #2 – As far as I can tell the Windows 7 Firewall is rock solid, based on the Windows Server 2008 firewall, it is rules-based, but offers a number of ways to control access both incoming and outgoing.

    Question #3 – No, apart from the standard Windows Product Activation, I have not seen anything that would lead me to believe the software is “calling home” on a regular/irregular basis.

    Question #4 – No, I have been able to access all parts of the system including the registry file; however there are folders now that require an additional administrative step to copy to, i.e. \WINDOWS and other system folders/directories.

    Hope this answers your questions, feel free to ask more.

  4. TVNews says:

    I have a couple questions…

    – Have you tried ripping CDs or DVDs yet?

    – Have you been able to tell whether or not the program is allowing vendors unauthorized holes in your firewall?

    – Have you seen anything that indicates the software is acting as big brother when it comes to your software?

    – Has the computer ever locked you out of any part of your own system, like your registry file?

    These are the things that are important to me. It is my computer to command and Microsoft has no place in that decision making roll. If Microsoft screwed this one up, my next computer will either be an Apple or running on Linux.

  5. jimr says:

    Actually yes, Windows 7 has a great XP Compatibility feature.

  6. EagleWatch says:

    I’m an XP-user that dreads the day I have to give it up. Does it appear that legacy apps will run on W7? There is some difficulty with that on Vista.