Microsoft has said user feedback has been key to the development of Windows 7, taking the lessons learned from Vista as the basis of the release candidate.
"The release candidate is really a reflection of us stepping back and listening to our customers," explained Microsoft OEM marketing manager, Laurence Painell. "It is especially important in the current economic climate that we ensure people are happy with the experience that we're providing."
Microsoft's Partner Group manager Simon Aldous added that the company had recognised that partners have an important role to play with the upcoming release of Windows 7. "We learnt from the launch of Vista that we have to ensure that our partners across all parts of the channel have the sales skills, the licensing skills and capability to drive service revenue around adoption."
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