Watching the Windows 7 keynotes at WinHEC… all from the comfort of my home office

I'm out sick this week <cough, cough> whilst the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference 2008 (WinHEC) kicked off today at the Los Angeles Convention Center (thru November 7). 

"WinHEC 2008 provides the opportunity to learn about the latest product news and opportunities from Microsoft and the ecosystem. This year’s event will focus on partner opportunities with Windows 7 and Microsoft’s channel engagement and will discuss features of the upcoming Windows Server 2008 R2 update release."

Although I wasn't there, I was able to watch the keynotes live from home over the Internet from the mail WinHEC page – recorded versions available on demand here…

CNET's Ina Fried is covering WinHEC live this week and writes that Microsoft hopes to rebuild trust with Windows 7

"In a speech to hardware makers attending the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC), Microsoft's Jon DeVaan said that the company is aiming to rebuild trust that Microsoft will deliver products with the promised features and at the promised time. "And Microsoft is also hoping that most partners won't have a lot of work to get ready for Windows 7. "We have the tenet that if something works in Vista it really should work in Windows 7," said DeVaan, senior vice president of Microsoft's Windows core operating system division."

Also of interest: Todd Bishop is also in LA and posted that Windows 7 kicks Vista's butt on his TechFlash site

"Most companies talk about how much better they are than their competitors. Microsoft this morning kicked off its Windows Hardware Engineering Conference by detailing how much better it believes Windows 7 will be than Windows Vista in areas including boot time, battery life, graphics rendering, reliability and performance. "It was an implicit acknowledgement of Windows Vista's problems. But the company is walking a fine line as it makes the case. On the one hand, it wants to convince PC and device makers that it has its act together this time around. However, with Windows 7 not expected until early 2010, the company also risks hurting Windows Vista's sales in the meantime if it talks about how much better the successor will be."

Tags: Microsoft, performance, Windows 7, Windows Vista, WinHEC 2008.

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