Ever since the lukewarm reception of Windows Vista, the next version of the operating system Gates built has been on a lot of peoples minds. This past Saturday, Microsoft made it pretty clear that its on their mind as well. Senior vice-presidents Steve Sinofsky and Jon De Vaan started a blog about Windows 7 to address a myriad of issues and questions regarding the next big thing from Redmond.
While the blog itself dates back to August 14th, some of the newest posts reflect how Microsoft, specifically these two SVPs, are attempting to get an idea from the public about what they want in their next OS. One of the first things addressed in the newest post was the possibility of a Profile-based setup, or customizing your copy of Windows 7 to run certain types of applications (gaming, business productivity, etc.). While many would jump at the idea of a gaming-tuned Windows, it seems like this idea may be swept under rug. "The desktop PC (or laptop) is different because there is only a single PC and the roles are not as well defined," said the latest post (author wasn’t specified). "Only in the rarest cases is that PC dedicated to a single purpose...the reality is that we see very few PCs that run only a specific piece of software and in nearly every study we have ever done, just about every PC runs at least one piece of software that other people do not run."
The blog also touches on other ideas, like the Out of Box Experience, which is tied in the lack of Profile-based setup in Windows 7. "...our context for the out of box experience would be that we don’t want to introduce complexity there, where customers are least interested in dealing with it as they want to get to the excitement of using their new PC." So while this may seem to be the nail in the coffin for any sort of deep customization in the new OS, the blog also touches on how an OEM could potentially offer some sort of profiled experience if its appealing/selling to a specific market. So, if a boutique gaming PC manufacturer wanted to, it may be able to offer a heavily tweaked version of Windows 7 aimed specifically at gamers.
In any event, we should see more details emerge after Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC) starts on October 27. Beyond (supposed) 15 second boot times, IE8, Windows Media Center, and updates for several other Windows programs, the details on Windows 7 are few and far between.