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ZDNet's Ed Bott (whom I assisted many moons ago in getting Special Edition Using Windows Me out the door), is cautiously optimistic about what the start of the E7 blog means for how Windows 7 is doing:
The fact that [Sinofsky]’s willing to speak now (and promise to post “regularly” means, I suspect, that Windows 7 is about to hit a major milestone. The other announcement in that kickoff post confirms that this is the opening salvo in a publicity campaign that we’ll hear much more about this fall, beginning at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference, to be held in Los Angeles October 26-30, and the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference, scheduled for the following week.
Another ZDNetter, Mary Jane Foley, isn't expecting much from E7:
While I think it’s admirable that Microsoft finally plans to start talking in any way at all about the next version of Windows client, I have to admit I’m a tad skeptical about how much or how deeply Sinofsky and DeVaan plan to do so.
The Channel Register (part of UK's The Register) shares her skepticism, but points out this potential benefit of the blog:
So, the blog – which is undoubtedly heavily edited by a team of PRs – could serve as a useful stick to beat Microsoft with if it fails to deliver the goods on time and transparently.
With over 190 comments already posted, E7's already getting some serious traffic.
So, what do you think? Will E7 give us a better view inside the Windows 7 development process, or is it simply PR from Redmond? Click Comments and tell us what you think!
Illustration courtesy of ArsTechnica.