Microsoft clarifies its statement about Windows 10 by noting that you can upgrade from a non-genuine version of Windows 7 or 8.1, but that doesn't mean you now have a legitimate version, according to Ars Technica.
The next-generation operating system will feature a new biometric login system called Windows Hello.
Microsoft wants to bring pirated copies of current Windows software back into the fold. Plus, Windows 10's hardware requirements have been laid out.
WinHEC attendees get a laptop bag, unlike those at last week's professional developer conference. That said, their copy of Windows 7 will come on DVD, rather than the hard drive that PDC folks got.
Software maker will hold the conference in November in Los Angeles, a week after it has its Professional Developers Conference in the same locale.
Company had planned a Windows Summit in Redmond but will make the event a series of online presentations instead. Those who signed up are getting refunds.
Redmond says the conference is aimed at those needing a kick-start creating products for Windows 7. It won't be the place where Microsoft talks about the future of its desktop operating system.
Microsoft dismisses negative talk about is new operating system.
Microsoft aims to make a much different first impression with Windows 7 than it did with Vista, its oft-maligned predecessor.
The next version of SQL Server, like the next version of Windows, will support 256 processors. Microsoft is also adding some features to Windows Server 2008 R2, which is due out alongside Windows 7.