NEWS ROUNDUP | A newly leaked beta of Win 7, new drivers from NVIDIA that offer more grunt under 7, and the 2,000 bugs that Microsoft reckons it has squashed thanks to beta testers
NeoWin has a gallery of leaked screenshots for Beta version 7048
that show new icons for some of the accessories, including Notes, Paint and the
Calculator. Of more use is a new 64-bit version leaked to Bittorrent sites, allowing those
with more powerful processors to give Windows 7 a whirl.
If you've read some of the arguments about
Windows 7 being rushed out the door for an early release and were worried, take
heart in the news from Steve Sinofsky who blogged on his Microsoft Developer Network page that over 2,000 bugs have already been squashed, with some
impressive statistics about the number of reports and installs.
For game players, if you have already installed one of the beta versions and want to try the latest games, and get the best performance, Nvidia
has launched a new set of beta drivers in 32- and 64-bit flavours for Windows 7.
Some news that Microsoft has released is details of Windows 7 Enterprise Edition, business users will be impressed by the levels of
virtualization that will have four possible configurations:
- Presentation virtualization
(video, audio, keyboard & mouse)
- Desktop virtualization
(Hyper-V & Virtual PC)
- Profile virtualization
(user states and configuration)
- Application virtualization
(to allow application sandboxing - Execution of applications on external
servers in a seamless fashion as though the application is running on the
Finally, news that Windows 7 has been seen out and about comes from Demo09 where 'sobees', a utility that puts all your social sites in one place is running on Windows 7 at the show proving that at least some developers have confidence in the OS.