Windows 7 Makes Pre-Release Debut

At this week's PDC, Microsoft showed off Windows 7 and handed out pre-release code to thousands of curious developers.

We'll learn a lot more as testers put the code through its paces. For now, we know a few things -- namely, that Microsoft has improved the taskbar and enhanced its touchscreen abilities. Microsoft is also trying to make it easier to network machines in the home.

So far, I haven't seen any show-stopping new features. Then again, that's the last thing it needs; what Window 7 really needs is stability and compatibility. And a dash of performance wouldn't hurt, either!

Yahoo Develops Developers
While Microsoft is promoting Azure, its new cloud development platform, rival Yahoo put some more meat on its development platform bones: the Yahoo Open Strategy. This platform is responsible for creating the most self-indulgent acronym ever (Y!OS). Does Yahoo really expect the press to use this monstrosity?

The Yahoo plan is to have developers exploit already-existent Yahoo services and offer these apps to what is still a substantial user base. Developers can tap into Yahoo's query language, application services and social features.

Can developers turn Yahoo once again into a contender? What apps would you like to see? Thoughts welcome at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Recessions and Security
I'm not sure if this is self-serving, real or both, but Slavik Markovich, the CTO of Sentrigo, claims that in tough economic times, your computer defenses need to be extra-strong.

That's because layoffs mean more angry ex-workers (or angry new hackers), and that folks that have jobs might be looking for ways to make a buck or two by stealing company data, says Markovich. IT workers may even sabotage the network to show how necessary IT jobs are. Interesting theory.

What do you make of this? Send your malware and keylogger-free e-mails to dbarney@redmondmag.com.

About the Author

Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.

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