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Windows 7: Let's Get It Started

If you are interested in exercising your mind next month, Microsoft is offering a FREE developer bootcamp for Windows 7.

Windows 7 general availability (retail) starts on Oct. 22, with an official launch hosted by Steve Ballmer in New York City. The Windows Vista launch took place in the big apple in January 2007. Can anything match the "Start Me Up" success of Windows 95?

Deep dives into the latest client operating system will be a heavy focus of PDC 09, which starts Nov. 17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Microsoft has announced several Win7 sessions that cover the Windows Performance Toolkit, Windows Touch, Windows Ribbon, advanced graphics (DirectX, Direct3-D 11 and the Windows API CodePack for the .NET Framework.

In late Sept., Microsoft added the free Windows 7 bootcamp on Nov. 16, to its pre-conference roster. Yochay Kiriaty, who writes the Windows 7 blog for developers was blogging about it this week, so there is apparently still room to register. Interested parties need to register through the regular PDC 09 registration site. You can select "pre-conference workshop only" and then choose the free bootcamp at no charge, according to Microsoft.

Windows internals expert Mark Russinovitch, who is a technical fellow in the platform and services division, is among the engineers participating in the all-day workshop. Check out Mark's Pushing the Limits of Windows series of blog posts. Microsoft engineers Landy Wang, and Arun Kishan from the kernel team, Kiriaty and Jaime Rodriguez (WPF) are also among the confirmed speakers.

The Win7 Workshop will also be posted online at some point after PDC 09.

What are your biggest questions or concerns regarding Win7 development? Picks for a Windows 7 theme song? Express your thoughts below or drop me a line at [email protected]

Posted by Kathleen Richards on 10/08/2009

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