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In a keynote address at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer announced the beta availability of the Windows 7 operating system as well as the availability of the latest version of the Windows Live, a suite of personal communications services and applications. “I’m thrilled to announce the availability of the Windows 7 beta, which is on track to deliver simplicity and reliability,” Ballmer said. “Windows 7 and Windows Live are part of an incredible pipeline of consumer technology that is making it easier than ever for people to communicate, share and get more done.”
Test drive the beta from Jan 9th
Microsoft also announced the global availability of Windows Live, a free suite of communications and sharing applications. Windows Live makes it easy for people to communicate, share and keep their online lives in sync and in one place with one login. The new and enhanced Windows Live services — including PCMag.com 2008 Editors’ Choice winner Windows Live Messenger — along with Windows Live Mail and Windows Live Photo Gallery are designed to work seamlessly with more than 50 popular Internet services.
Having looked through the blurb, only the enhanced taskbar and jump lists look genuinely useful. However, of the taskbar, the major change appears to be full size quick-launch icons (wow) and of the jump list they've simply sorted items in the recent folder by type. I'll be generous and call that 3 man-days of work in total (but six months in committee deciding on these changes).
If Windows 7 can boot in a few seconds then it is likely to be unhibernating a "clean boot"
As much as I understand, a lot of services will be started in parallel to save time while booting the system. Also, the services that are not needed by all users or the ones that are not needed immediately after the startup won't be started at all. Such services will be started as and when they are needed. This will reduce boot time as well the resources required to run the OS.
I've installed windows 7 in vmware