Microsoft described its product lineup plans for its forthcoming Windows 7 operating system launch, expected in early 2010 or possibly earlier.
Windows XP powers "71 percent of PCs within North American and European enterprises," according to a report published last week by Forrester Research.
Thus far, Vista's successor is looking better than its maligned predecessor.
Users testing Microsoft's Windows 7 Beta have been asking Microsoft when it will release the final product, but Microsoft isn't saying right now, according to a Windows 7 team blog posted on Friday.
Microsoft's rollout of Windows 7 Beta, the company's newest operating system, has resulted in a stepped-up workload for the Department of Justice effort overseeing Microsoft's compliance with a past federal court antitrust ruling.
Microsoft released a beta of Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V), which lets users run older OSes and applications on newer Windows systems.
Microsoft released Windows 7 Beta tools that let system administrators perform remote management of Windows servers from their desktop PCs.
Microsoft published an update to a Windows Media Player patch on Tuesday, the same day as its January general security update release.
- By James LaTour
Microsoft extended the general availability of its free Windows 7 Beta trial offer through Jan. 24 and removed the cap on the number of downloads within that time.
TechNet Plus and Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) subscribers have reportedly had problems getting product keys for the Windows 7 Beta, and the free general public version is slightly delayed, Microsoft says.
Improved power management got briefly mentioned among the expected benefits of Windows 7 on Wednesday at the Consumer Electronics Show.
- By Jim Barthold
A memo purportedly from Microsoft to its OEM partners suggests that Microsoft will offer upgrades from Windows Vista to Windows 7, starting possibly on July 1, 2009.
Don't expect many core improvements from Windows Vista, but there are some around the edges.
- By Peter Varhol
Consumers have good reason to be excited about the next OS -- and Microsoft has good reason to ship it sooner rather than later.
- By Mary Jo Foley
Two key open source solutions got new versions recently, and Emmett's here to point out the highlights of each.
- By Emmett Dulaney