The contract is signed, the outline is in place, and the authoring team has had its first weekly conference call for the next member of the Inside Out family. Now all we need is some software to write about.
This is the unsettled part of the book-writing process, as the software coalesces to a point where it’s solid enough to document and we learn enough about its inner workings to write with confidence. Given the design goals of Windows 7 (no major architectural changes from Vista), that should mean we have plenty of low-level stuff we can write about based on the pre-beta release we brought home from PDC. We’ll need to wait for the beta release, though, to begin documenting how the new Superbar and other fun features work.
We’re not exactly sure when Windows 7 will ship, which makes the product planning cycle for Windows 7 Inside Out a little, um, shall we say, interesting? One rumor that still hasn’t been debunked says an “internal calendar” at Microsoft lists June 3, 2009 as the release date. If that’s the case, we’ll have a very busy beginning for 2009!
I guess it’s good news that I can’t find a single Windows 7 book listed as “coming soon” at Amazon yet. Something tells me that our fellow book authors are playing the exact same waiting game we are.