The new Microsoft operating system was previously code named Blackcomb Vienna and is likely to be introduced in the second half of 2009. The version will be a “Milestone 1” (M1) edition for validation purposes only; two more Milestone builds are expected before the public Beta release. Microsoft's roadmap for release had slated 2010 for the debut; that has now been moved up a few months to second-half 2009.
The new Windows is likely to offer advanced touch screen capabilities, taking advantage of multiple graphics card setups now offered by hardware vendors. A new integrated Media Center is also included supporting full home media and entertainment platforms. Another key feature is a reduced kernel size that takes up only 40MB of memory; the leaner operating core is called MinWin.