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November 4, 2008 2:56 PM

Coming up: Microsoft WinHEC to focus on Windows 7 'fundamentals'

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

Microsoft is set to address another important constituency tomorrow -- manufacturers of computers and other hardware for the Windows ecosystem. We'll be watching closely for new Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 details at the company's WinHEC (Windows Hardware Engineering Conference) in Los Angeles.

It appears that many of the big announcements were unleashed at the company's Professional Developers Conference last week, also held in the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Wednesday morning, Windows engineering chiefs Jon DeVaan and Steven Sinofsky will take the WinHEC stage. You can access a live Web cast of their presentation, set to begin Tuesday at 9 a.m., here. Also check back tomorrow for more details.

According to the official Engineering Windows 7 blog "DeVaan will be taking the lead as we dive into the details of 'fundamentals' and the work we are doing with some of the many partners involved in Windows 7."

Sinofsky touched on the "fundamentals" during his Windows 7 keynote speech last week at PDC:

"Fundamentals is what we call the work around security, reliability, compatibility and performance.

"So with fundamentals, what we've done different in Windows 7 is really make sure that fundamentals was the job of every developer on the Windows team. And we combined that with our effort to really think across complete scenarios and think about how we address fundamentals from beginning to end for implementing the real experience that people will see every day.

"So it's a bit early in the development cycle to really make claims about fundamentals, but more importantly, our goal is for you to experience Windows 7 and decide for yourself that we've really delivered on improved performance, improved reliability, and compatibility."

He went on to outline some specific steps toward improving performance in particular:

-- "reduce the memory footprint of the core of Windows 7 installation";

-- "reduce the overhead of the desktop window manager";
-- "reduce the IO that happens across Windows 7, particularly things like reading from the registry or using the indexer, and these have been reduced substantially.";
-- improved power consumption for longer battery life;
-- improvements to boot speed, device readiness and responsiveness. "We've taken a look at the start menu and the task bar across the board and making them respond as instantaneously as possible."

On Thursday at WinHEC, Bill Laing, corporate vice president of the Windows Server Division, is scheduled to give a 9:30 a.m. keynote on "power efficient computing for global enterprises, new industry trends around virtualization and scaling to support multi-core processor architectures, and Microsoft's key investments in the area of 'Work Anywhere Infrastructure.'"

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