Microsoft officially broke the silence on Windows 7 today on its official Windows Vista Team Blog by publishing information on the changes in the kernel, compatibility and why they had stayed silent all this time.
Chris Flores stated that the silence on Windows 7 was very much intentional and will be the new approach to publishing information on products in development as they believe this will improve the quality of the product. Also it guards the innovation in its products.
The article also says that Windows 7 will very much be compatible with software and hardware that works for Vista. System requirements will not go up. Microsoft still believes Windows 7 is a major release despite the unchanged requirements. However … Microsoft will not be shipping Windows 7 with a brand new kernel (the speculated MinWin kernel). However they are refine the componentized approach of the Vista kernel and are making more and more refinements to the current kernel.
Windows Vista established a very solid foundation, particularly on subsystems such as graphics, audio, and storage. Windows Server 2008 was built on that foundation and Windows 7 will be as well. Contrary to some speculation, Microsoft is not creating a new kernel for Windows 7. Rather, we are refining the kernel architecture and componentization model introduced in Windows Vista. While these changes will increase our engineering agility, they will not impact the user experience or reduce application or hardware compatibility. In fact, one of our design goals for Windows 7 is that it will run on the recommended hardware we specified for Windows Vista and that the applications and devices that work with Windows Vista will be compatible with Windows 7.
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