Introduced for Vista, the translucent Aero skin has been heavily developed and expanded in Windows 7. See what this key design and interface feature looks like and behaves like in the new operating system.
Windows 7 officially will be released to the public on Thursday, and judging by our poll, most CNET readers have already decided to upgrade. For those who haven't, or for those who want a bit more information on just what you're getting with your Windows 7 Starter, Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate, take a look at the chart and explanation below.
.32-bit and 64-bit versions32-bit onlyBothBothBoth
.Maximum physical memory (64-bit mode)N/A16 GB192 GB192 GB
.Maximum physical CPUs supported1122
.Home Group (create and join)Join onlyYesYesYes
.Backup and Restore CenterCannot back up to networkCannot back … Read more
Microsoft has begun the process of restoring data to Sidekick owners who have been without it since a massive outage began at the beginning of the month, the software giant said Tuesday.
In a statement, Microsoft said it has posted a tool to T-Mobile's Web site that allows Sidekick owners to restore their address book.
Although it initially feared that much data might be lost, Microsoft said last week that it expected to be able to recover most, if not all, of the information. However, the company also said that the process of bringing back the data will go beyond this week. … Read more
In some senses, Tami Reller has one of the toughest jobs in technology. She is tasked with selling Windows 7 in the wake of Windows Vista and amid a relentless assault from Cupertino in which the PC is depicted as slow, virus-ridden, and buggy.
In another sense, though, her job is getting a lot easier. After three years of trying to muddle through Vista, Microsoft is ready to release Windows 7--a product that, by most accounts, is much better than its predecessor.
A lot has changed since the launch of Vista, including nearly all of the faces at the top … Read more
ORLANDO, Fla.--Gartner offers a Justification Toolkit to argue the financial merits of attending the Gartner Symposium, but a show perk might carry more personal appeal: each attendee gets a free copy of Windows 7 Ultimate, packaged with a slab of chocolate.
Well, maybe not free exactly.
It costs $3,695 to attend the show. And as one wag commented, "The chocolate's the better part. You'll get fewer headaches."
With Windows 7, Microsoft is going back to basics.
It's true of the product, which is as notable for its everyday performance as any one new feature. It's also true of how Microsoft plans to launch the new operating system on Thursday.
Rather than go for flash, the company is focused on making sure that all of its partners are ready to sell lots of PCs and copies of Windows 7.
"We're living in a different world today," Microsoft Vice President Tami Reller said in an interview with CNET News.
Microsoft is hoping to strike … Read more
Amazon.com will offer release-date delivery on Windows 7 software and preorders on Windows 7 PCs, the online retailer announced on Monday.
According to Amazon, customers who preorder Windows 7 will receive the operating system on October 22, its launch day. The company is also offering more than 250 computers from HP, Dell, Acer, and other PC vendors that come preinstalled with Windows 7. Those computers are available for preorder on the site.
Amazon followed its announcement with details surrounding Windows 7's success so far. Windows 7 was a bestseller on Amazon for two weeks following its original preorder … Read more
Microsoft on Monday is announcing that it will release in November a public test version of Office 2010.
The software maker released a limited technology preview of the software in July and plans to release the final version next year. It also started testing of the browser-based "Office Web Apps" in September.
Microsoft, which is making the announcement at its SharePoint conference, is also detailing some of the features of the next version of its portal software, which will also enter beta next month.
The new version, SharePoint 2010, includes Office's Ribbon user interface as well as … Read more
Microsoft is set to announce on Monday that it is ready with a second beta version of its Visual Studio 2010 and .Net Framework 4.0 developer tools. Both products are set for a final release on March 22, Microsoft said.
"Microsoft has reached the home stretch for Visual Studio 2010," said Dave Mendlen, a senior director in Microsoft's developer division. "This is probably the biggest release we've had in many years."
Among the product's features is a Tivo-like recording feature that Microsoft has now dubbed "IntelliTrace."
"That's our … Read more
Microsoft on Monday apologized for the length of time it is taking to restore missing data to T-Mobile Sidekicks. The company said it expects to begin restoring data this week, but added that bringing back all data will take longer than that.
In a note on its Web site, Microsoft said that the reason for the delay is that the company wants to make sure that it doesn't risk messing up data as it restores information to users' phones.
"The Danger/Microsoft team is continuing to work around the clock on the data restoration proces," Microsoft said. &… Read more