Tip #7: VMWare Unity View

 Oct 25th, 2009 

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I just found a really cool feature in VMWare Workstation 6.5.3. It is called “Unity View” and basically allows windows from a virtual machine to appear as windows in the host machine.

In the example pictures you can see that I have a host running Windows 7, a unity windows from a Windows Xp guest and two windows from a Fedora guest (Picture 1). The best part is that you can actually see those windows in your taskbar and manipulate them as regular windows – you can use the Aero switch to switch between applications (Picture 2 & 3). However I found a minor bug, the Aero Peek feature in Windows 7 is not working with the unity windows.

Least but not last you get access to the start menu of the guests (Picture 4).

Unity01 Unity02 Unity03 Unity04

1, 2, 3, 7!

 Oct 22nd, 2009 

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Win7_02Today is a big day for Windows fans. The final milestone in Windows 7 development process has been reached and the new operating system is general available.

Just two years passed since the release of Vista and many say that Windows 7 should be just a “super-service pack” for Vista.

If you are not a MS Partner and you don’t have a MSDN/TechNet Subscription then this is the first time you can get Windows 7 non-trial. Many shops already started to sale and deliver copies of W7 – got few mail in the morning with special offers.

The prices on Amazon are:

  • Windows 7 Home Premium (Retail/Upgrade): $199.99/$119.99
  • Windows 7 Professional (Retail/Upgrade): $299.99/$199.99
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (Retail/Upgrade): $319.99/$219.99

And now two funny things: on Amazon you have “2 Used and new” copies of Windows 7. I wonder who has a used copy of W7 that has just been released :)

The image on the right I found it on Larry Osterman’s blog.

Windows 7 Enterprise FREE Trial

 Sep 3rd, 2009 

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It’s been a while for my last post. I was busy moving to another country – will explain this in another post.

Microsoft has announced the download availability of Windows 7 Enterprise for trial inside your environment.

The Windows 7 Enterprise trial is designed specifically for IT Professionals, so that you can test your software and hardware on a final version of the product. In addition, it provides the opportunity for you to become more familiar with the key improvements over previous versions of the Windows operating system, and experience firsthand how Windows 7 can make your PC environment more productive, secure, and manageable.

There is a time limit for downloading this version so better hurry. Access this site. However, if you are a MS Partner or Technet/MSDN subscriber you should check your software subscription page because you can access the non-trial version.

Windows 7 RTM Date Announced

 Jul 22nd, 2009 

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Windows7LogoYesterday, Brandon LeBlanc, announced on the Windows 7 Team Blog, the official release dates for Windows 7 RTM (Release To Manufacturer).

Depending on who you are you will be able to get W7 RTM sooner or later:

  • Partners & OEMs
    • ISV (Independent Software Vendor) and IHV (Independent Hardware Vendor) Partners will be able to download Windows 7 RTM from Microsoft Connect or MSDN on August 6th.
    • Microsoft Partner Program Gold/Certified Members will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English through the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) Portal on August 16th.
    • Microsoft Action Pack Subscribers will be about to download Windows 7 RTM in English starting August 23rd.
    • OEMs will receive Windows 7 RTM software images beginning approximately 2 days after we officially RTM.
  • Business Customers
    • Volume License (VL) customer with an existing Software Assurance (SA) license you will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English starting August 7th via the Volume License Service Center (VLSC).
    • Volume License customers without a SA license will be able to purchase Windows 7 through Volume Licensing on September 1st.
  • IT Professionals with TechNet Subscriptions will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English on August 6th.
  • Developers with MSDN Subscriptions will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English on August 6th.
  • Beta Testers & Enthusiast will not receive a free copy of W7 and will be able to purchase it after the official release.
  • For Consumers: will be in retail stores and shipping on new PCs starting October 22nd.

Windows 7 First Official News

 Aug 16th, 2008 

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After introducing the multi touch interface on Surface it is not surprising that Microsoft will use it also on the new Windows.

Corporate VP Julie Larson-Green demonstrated the multitouch technology, painting with several fingers at the same time to show how it can process not just touch, but multiple simultaneous input. She said: “It’s much faster to do certain tasks than using a mouse”.

More surprising is the fact that the new interface was presented on a Dell Laptop so, probably, it is available on market. This feature [the multi touch screen] will probably be one of the requirements of a “Windows 7 Ready” PC.

Remains to be seen how practical will be this new input method and if the new Windows will be just a face lift for Vista or a revolutionary product.

I’ve read on a web site that the core of the new OS will be Vista-based.

Until any updates there is only one official movie with the new interface:

Also, there is a MSDN blog about the new Operating System: Engieneering Windows 7.