Learning its lessons
The many issues associated with the launch of Vista are well documented and Microsoft is clearly trying to learn from its mistakes.
With that in mind Microsoft has introduced hardware partners to its next operating system - Windows 7 - in the hope that they will be able to provide better zero-day support than they were with Vista.
"We've done a great deal of work in Windows 7 to enable new scenarios with our hardware partners, and we are excited by the partner innovation we have shown today," said Jon DeVaan, senior VP of the Windows Core Operating System Division at Microsoft.
"Windows 7 presents tremendous opportunities for hardware developers. This innovation will enable our hardware partners to provide customers with even greater choice in rich computing experiences."
Here are the new features of Windows 7 that Microsoft highlighted:
- Device and printer set-up utility
- An application to enable fuller interaction with other smart devices called Device Stage
- A simplified way of connecting to wireless modems
- Some touch-screen functionality built in
"We have been working closely with Microsoft to help ensure compatibility and seamless connectivity between our leading smartphone software S60 on Symbian OS and Windows 7," said Eero Kukko, head of S60 Platform Marketing at Nokia.
The announcement was made at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC), where Microsoft also provided a pre-beta release of Windows Server 2008 R2 to attendees.