Hello, Windows 7, My Old Friend
It is such a joy to write this post after almost 3 months of blogging silence! (It also gives me an opportunity to apologize to you, Dear Reader, for this silence.)
During the past 3 months I have been busy preparing training materials, hands-on labs and .NET wrappers for Windows 7. This was a collaboration between Sela, including yours truly as well as Alon Fliess and Dima Zurbalev, and the Client DPE team at Microsoft (Redmond).
The result of this process is a comprehensive course with demos, hands-on labs, detailed presentations and lots of .NET sample code. As I write this, Alon is making his way to Redmond to teach this course for the very first time.
Just to give you an idea what materials we were preparing:
- Windows 7 Taskbar
- Sensor and Location Platform
- Shell Libraries
- Scenic Ribbon and Animation
- Instrumentation and Diagnostics
- Direct3D, Direct2D and DirectWrite
- Trigger-Start Services
- Application Compatibility
- Energy Efficiency
- …and lots of other topics
This is also a great opportunity to thank all the parties involved for making this happen: first and foremost, Yochay Kiriaty of Microsoft who initiated this amazing process, Alon Fliess and Dima Zurbalev for pulling of an amazing amount of work in so little time, and of course Sela CEO David Bassa for clearing up the way for us to work on this project almost full-time and attain these incredible results.
Back to Windows 7 though.
If you have been following the blogosphere, you know that there’s lots of interesting things to say about the Windows 7 Beta, which was just released a short while ago. I hold my fingers crossed that I will have time to share with you the exciting new stuff that is part of this release.
In the meantime, let me just tell you this: I have been running various Windows 7 builds for over 3 months now, on nearly all my laptops and PCs. It’s not very easy for an operating system to grab my attention – but this one, by far, is the best operating system I have ever used.