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    Microsoft PDC 2008

    Although most of you aren't developers or are anti-MS, there's a few of us who enjoy some new software news, this thread is for Microsoft PDC 2008 discussion.

    Try to keep this one clean of too much side talk, it will be cleaned up if not.

    Blogged here, among others.

    First up: Windows Azure, the Cloud OS, to be hosted by Microsoft, not on your server.



    Press Release on Azure:
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    Azure web site: Azure Services Platform

    (a bit iffy right now, prob heavy traffic)


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    SQL Services, a cloud-based web distributed relational database. Announced a while back.

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    Deployment or changes of an application to Azure requires no downtime, an essential for a cloud OS or service.


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    Microsoft's Dave Thompson is now talking about how Microsoft itself will offer business software that runs over the Internet. Microsoft currently offers its CRM and Exchange software as a hosted option, but that's just the beginning, Thompson said. Over time, "all our enterprise software will be delivered as an online service as an option," Thompson said.

    But Thompson stressed that most companies will want a mix of software that runs both on-premise and in outside data centers. The key is to be able to offer both options with no difference to the end user, something that Microsoft has been betting on.

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    I think Microsoft is heading in the right direction. This sounds like a nifty setup.

    Granted 99% of the people out there will only care about Windows 7.
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    today: Windows 7 intro (pre-beta stuff)



    Windows 7 will be full Vista-compatible (drivers, programs). Some previously-included programs like MovieMaker and such will now be Live Services (downloadable). Windows 7 makes things like home networking and streaming media much easier (for you boons).

    No more gadget sidebar. new taskbar (not shown in any screenshots published today), touch UI. device stage interface (like for phones).

    Evidently this stuff looks pretty good (it is, of course, a show) in current pre-beta form.

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    "My first impression of Windows 7 is that it's a great improvement on Vista. It has improved performance, a neat boot screen that fires up devices quicker than before and the improved taskbar and windows management features will help when switching between various applications."
    Introducing the Windows 7 UI
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    showing win7 on a netbook with atom processor. smaller footprint than xp or vista. faster bootup.

    beta for win7 due early next year.

    I guess there have been improvements to the UI since the screenshots shown, so there will be more later.
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    so a question Joe brought up is, should we skip Vista and go to Win7? Well, if you can wait about a year, yes. Or if you're okay with beta Windows software, you only have to wait a few months.

    Win7 is an improved Vista, plus more. It's not going to look different, but it will function somewhat differently in areas.

    So, I'd guess for now I'd say yes, don't buy Vista and then buy Win7 in a year or so.

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