In a new blog set up to provide ongoing information on the forthcoming Windows 7, Microsoft has said that it will unveil the first technical details of the new operating system at two conferences in October.
The Professional Developers Conference (PDC) will take place on October 27, and the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) the week after.
The new blog, called the Engineering Windows 7 blog (or E7 for short), is run by Jon DeVaan and Steven Sinofsky – two senior engineering managers on the project.
Perhaps the most important thing to be garnered from the first posting is the tone of ‘controlled communication.’ It essentially states that there will be much more control over what gets disclosed during the developmental process of this operating system, in order to manage expectations by not getting readers excited over features that may eventually get cut.
It appears this is in response to criticism following disclosure of features that later did not make it Windows Vista.
“In leading up to this blog we have seen a lot of discussion in blogs about what Microsoft might be trying to accomplish by maintaining a little bit more control over the communication around Windows 7 (some might say that this is a significant understatement),” it read. “We, as a team, definitely learned some lessons about “disclosure” and how we can all too easily get ahead of ourselves in talking about features before our understanding of them is solid.
“Related to disclosure is the idea of how we make sure not to set expectations around the release that end up disappointing you—features that don’t make it, claims that don’t stick, or support we don’t provide. Starting from the first days of developing Windows 7, we have committed as a team to “promise and deliver”. That’s our goal—share with you what we’re going to get done, why we’re doing it, and deliver it with high quality and on time.”