Back in July, general availability for Windows 7 was announced to be forthcoming on October 22nd. The great Windows team led by Steven Sinofsky have delivered on that promise. Windows 7 is now in stores. All editions are now available for purchase from any and all reputable vendors. Be sure to check out the Windows 7 editions comparative on Wikipedia to see which edition is best suited to your needs. Savings of over $200 are available when you purchase the Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade Family Pack as well. The never ending list of great features and improvements make this one version of Windows you do not want to miss out on.
It didn’t take long for the entire world to learn about Microsoft’s submittable of 20,000 lines of code for the Linux driver base. As a surprise reaction to both sides of the camp, Linus Torvalds responded in favor of Microsoft’s move. I have a feeling that the most memorable portion of his response will become this little snippet :
I may make jokes about Microsoft at times, but at the same time, I think the Microsoft hatred is a disease. I believe in open development, and that very much involves not just making the source open, but also not shutting other people and companies out.
Each Microsoft product is identified internally using a ProductID that is in the form of a Globally Unique Identifier (GUID). Software or updates that refer back to Microsoft products tend to generally establish the relationship using the GUIDs instead of the product name. If you ever wanted develop software that dug into some of Microsoft’s software internals, you’ll quickly find that without a way to map those GUIDs, most of the data is meaningless.