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.
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.
Hard drive news from WinHEC 2006
A Microsoft developer blog makes it appear as if the test version is slated for January.
In a speech to investors, Windows business unit head Bill Veghte says there will be plenty to make Windows 7 a major release.