Just when I though I captured all there was to know about Windows 7 in my Windows 7 News Roundup – The Very Best and Windows 7 Watch – Micro Edition posts, looks like someone forgot to shut the tap off fully.
A little nagging drip of Windows 7 news continues to fill the sink.
Maybe it’s just a leaky washer…
- Windows 7: Beta 1 tracking for mid-December – Mary-Jo Foley’s All about Microsoft – Looks like some form of a more-open “official” Windows 7 beta release version will be offered by Microsoft before the Christmas holidays. I hope so. I know I could grab a version off a torrent right now but I’m going to try to wait until this one gets released before putting it into a VPC session on the Valca system. See also: Windows 7 Beta 1 Available December 2008 - Mid-December to be more exact – Softpedia and Windows 7 Beta 1 available for download on December 2008 - KezNews.com for a tiny bit more info.
- Windows 7 security: An overall improvement? - Defense in Depth – Robert Vamosi brings up some very quiet but dramatic changes with Windows 7 security: First the Windows Security Center gets replaced by the Windows Action Center, secondly System Restore will include a list of programs removed/added so users can better select a particular Restore Point to use, and finally, there’s a major introduction to the Microsoft firewall in W7 called “Windows Filtering Platform (WFP). For some reason this one doesn’t quite sound like a "Good Thing”. From that link:
Windows 7, which Microsoft unveiled at its PDC 2008 event this week, also introduces something called the Windows Filtering Platform (WFP). The idea is that third parties can take advantage of aspects of the Microsoft Windows Firewall in their own products. Microsoft says "third-party products also can selectively turn parts of the Windows Firewall on or off, enabling you to choose which software firewall you want to use and have it coexist with Windows Firewall."
- Sandbox users with Windows 7 PC Safeguard – istartedsomething – Now this IS a very cool feature. Similar (but not identical) to Windows SteadyState for XP and Vista users, this will allow standard-level users to not make any chances to the Windows system. All changes to the system and files are removed at log-off. According to Download Squad, there is a way for an Administrator user to save the changes and make them permanent if desired: Windows 7’s PC Safeguard sandboxes user accounts - Download Squad
- Windows 7 to revolutionize PC troubleshooting – istartedsomething – I for one always like built-in diagnostic tools, if they are effective, powerful and make sense to use. What Long points out here is that this system is built upon the PowerShell 2.0 scripting system. Neat!
- Ask the Performance Team : Windows 7 is coming! – Miscellaneous collection of links.
- Windows 7’s Superbar in action - is it made for multitouch? - Download Squad
- That "unlocked" Windows 7 taskbar is also unfinished - Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report – I think this was made pretty clear to everyone who started messing around with this “hack”. But just to be clear, it doesn’t result fully in the same taskbar feature set shown off by the Microsoft PDC gang…although it is closer than the unlocked version.
- Windows 7 to let users create a Desktop Slideshow from files, feeds - Within Windows
- Why I’m Skipping Windows Vista: IT Speaks Out - CIO.com – Some more thoughts on why corporate IT decision makers don’t want to migrate from XP to Vista. Make sense to me. Especially coming on the heels of W7 announcements.
- Opinion: 10 Best Features in Windows 7 for IT Pros - CIO.com – Rundown of key features of W7 that might finally temp corporate IT decision makers to migrate from XP to W7. Maybe.
- Windows 7 for the Enterprise: The Optimized Desktop – Microsoft – Generic “Windows 7” landing page, but it’s a start.