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Reports indicate that Windows 7 features a face lift to Windows Media Center, once it’s own Windows variation, then included with editions of Windows Vista. Conformations that the new WMC included in Windows 7 has any relation to Windows Fiji have yet to been confirmed. Windows Fiji was announced to be the successor of the independent Windows Media Center (2002 / 2005) operating system.
Other known features to come in Windows 7 include the ability to run multiple graphics cards simultaniously, wether they are compatible or not. This may mean that a user can pair an nVidia graphic card with an ATI graphic card together, without the need of configuring Crossfire or SLI technology. Again, this has not been confirmed.
Windows 7 shall also include MinWin, which is designed to reduce the need for the user interface and maintain better memory usage (a tech demo reported a memory useage of 40 MB of ram). It has been demonstrated as a command line based operation.
Speculations are that Windows 7 will be publically availiable in early to late 2009, as oppose to the former schedule of 2010. Beta testing can be estimated to begin in the likes of quarter 3 or 4 of this year. Windows 7 will be availiable in both 32-bit and 64-bit variations.
The Future of Other Windows Variations:
While Windows 7 is being developed, Windows XP Service Pack 3 and Windows Vista Service Pack 1 are still scheduled to be released in the coming weeks. Release candidates are available to the public at the current time. Windows Server 2008 is still under development