Windows 7 — the next full version of Microsoft’s (MS) flagship operating system — was officially unveiled to software and system developers at this week’s MS Developers Conference in Los Angeles, CA.

As eWeek‘s Jason Brooks reports, following an intensive hands-on session with an early ‘development’ version, Windows 7 is a big improvement over its predecessor, Vista, which he terms overambitious. Vista was plagued with release delays and feature scale-backs during its development process.

Observers at the LA conference agreed that Windows 7 will deliver its promise of better performance and some interesting new features, including a streamlined Start menu, a more polished user interface, a new sticky notes application, enhanced file management with a decidedly image-oriented design and simplified wireless network connections and power management for portable computers.

No one at MS is making any firm statements as to when Windows 7 will officially be launched…

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