Windows 7 News at Microsoft UK

As a new Windows MVP I’ll be having my first meetings next week with Microsoft at their UK head office in Reading.  It’s going to be very interesting as it’s my first official visit to the company and, more importantly, a meeting that’s been requested by them rather than me.

I’ll be meeting with the Windows and the Windows Phone teams and touring their “Technology Centre” with all their cutting-edge prototypes, which I’m certain will be extremely interesting, and will take far longer for me to get round than the time they’ve got pencilled in for it!

microsoft_reading203_203x152I thought it only fair and reasonable to throw the doors open to you, the fantastic readers at Windows 7 News to get out there any and all questions you’d like me to ask when I’m there.  You might want to know about legacy support, Windows 8, Windows Phone sales projections or the future of Kinect.   I’ll also be taking my camera to document all the cool stuff I expect to find (and will hopefully get to play with) in the technology centre.

So feel free to submit all your questions below in the comments, I’ll be subscribing and will keep them all safe in my email.  No question is too silly, believe me I’ll a fair few myself, and I’ll try and get any many in as I can during my meetings there or afterwards by email.

I’ll also be tweeting live from Microsoft on the experience and what I see and find out. You can follow these tweets live on Wednesday 20th April from 11am (UK BST), 3am (PST) by following me here.

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6 Responses to Windows 7 News at Microsoft UK

  1. Mark April 15, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    My biggest question for the Windows team is how do they plan to keep Windows and the PC relevant, especially given the daily stories on the demise of both in favor of tablets and smartphones and recent IDC numbers supporting this? That would include their to date uncompetitive and largely non-existent tablet story. I’m wondering if they’re still trying to make light of how badly they’ve been beaten to market again, or whether they finally acknowledge the need to get better at anticipating and delivering the future instead of responding years after Apple and even Google have already done that.

    For the Windows Phone team, I’d again be interested in their connection to reality. Do they realize how badly they blew the launch and the update process? They had a great opportunity to get back into this market and they have done just about everything they could to squander that. If not fo the Nokia deal, WP7 would now effectively be dead in the market. What concrete steps are they going to take to reignite interest and decrease the negative sentiment that they’ve allowed to build up around the platform? Excuses like we didn’t know phone OEMS supply more of the software than PC OEMs don’t cut it for a company that had a decade’s experience in phones prior to WP7.

    On a more positive note, I’d be interested in the Window’s group plans for Kinect given it’s huge success. Will it be a key part of W8?

  2. morean April 16, 2011 at 5:16 am #

    that’s cool question you have fired on windows guys

  3. Diplomsommelier April 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    Would it be possible to change in Hotmail Standard to Comic Sans. And change position on the MSN the way you like to to have it. Hotmail on Top. the Weather next to it and so on.

  4. anothertechieguy April 16, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

    I would like to know if there would be any Service Pack 2 for Windows 7 and if they would create a Service Pack 4 for Windows XP (even though they mentioned that Service Pack 3 would be the last for Windows XP). And when will they end support for Windows Vista which, like Windows ME, is the worst Windows Operating System ever created. Reformatting your computer and reinstalling your programs takes time so having another service pack for Windows XP, Office 2003, Office 2007, and Office 2010 would be a great help.

  5. anothertechieguy April 18, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    I would like to add to my previous comment. Would it be possible for Microsoft to bring back the classic file replace dialog box which also shows the second or seconds that a specific file was saved or edited? It would be difficult to determine which of the two files, that has the same file name and same file stamp but saved in different locations, is new without, of course, checking their properties which is time-consuming if I have tons of copies of the same file. Windows 7 is the rightful successor to Windows XP, but one feature or function that I want to see on the next version of Windows (if it cannot be added to Windows 7) is the file replace dialog bog which has appeared since Windows 95 up to Windows XP (I don’t know about the other Windows version before Windows 95).

  6. anothertechieguy April 18, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    I don’t know about the previous versions of Windows prior to Windows 95 if the file replace dialog box that I was looking for appeared there.

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