A roundtable discussion was broadcast live on 2/12/2009 regarding the development and new features of Windows 7. Here is the Q&A from that roundtable discussion
Is your next beta milestone going to be `feature complete?
The next milestone for Windows 7 will be the RC build. For more information, check out the Engineering Windows 7 blog post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/archive/2009/01/30/our-next-engineering-milestone.aspx
is windows 7 a desktop only platform, or are there desktop and server flavors?
The next version of the Windows client is Windows 7. The next version of the Server is Windows Server 2008 R2.
Will there be an update to IE8 before RC?
No, the next update to Windows 7 will be the RC build, there won`t be any component updates in the interim.
How many versions of Windows will read “BitLocker To Go” encrypted media?
All versions of Windows 7 will be able to read “BitLocker To Go” encrypted removable storage devices.
Will our Beta`s be turned off on August 2? 31?
On 8/1/2009 the Windows Beta will no longer be functional.
Where can we find step-by-step guide for applocker,direct access, branch cache and the rest of new features?
For DirectAccess EarlyAdopter`s Guide: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=2fdc531d-9138-454f-a820-78211755b52aanddisplaylang=en For BranchCache Early Adopter`s Guide: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a9a1ed8a-71ab-468e-a7e0-470fd46e46b3andDisplayLang=en Applocker step-by-step guide is still in the works…
Is there an estimated date at this point for Windows 7 to be RTM?
The goal for Windows 7 RTM is to be 3 years after Windows Vista RTM date.
what is branch cache?
BranchCache is a new feature in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 that will increase user productivity in branch offices and reduce the WAN link utilization. For more information please visit: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a9a1ed8a-71ab-468e-a7e0-470fd46e46b3andDisplayLang=en
What versions of Windows 7 will be available?
There will be a number of diferent versions of Windows 7 available.See the following blog for more information: http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windows7/archive/2009/02/04/a-closer-look-at-the-windows-7-skus.aspx
will branch cache features in Windows 7 be back ported to earlier versions of the os?
There are no plans to back port BranchCache into earlier versions of OS.
Will there be a recording of the video and the q and a available?
Yes the video recording and the QandA will be available within a week.
The DirectAccess Early Adoptor`s Guide link does not work.
You could get to the Early adopter`s guide from DirectAccess Technet Page also. Please visit: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/network/dd420463.aspx
Will there be 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7?
What is the expected RTM date for Win 7?
The goal for Windows 7 RTM is 3 years after Windows Vista RTM date.
Is it correct that there will not be a Beta 2 this time arround?
That is correct, the next public release will be the RC build of Windows 7.
will applocker only work with win7
Yes, it will work with Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate editions.
Can you upgrade Windows 7 Beta 1 to Windows 7 RC or it has to be clean install?
Upgrades from Beta, to RC, to RTM will be supported.