Windows 7 goes on sale to the public this coming October and, based on reviews of various test versions, it’s sleeker and better performing than its predecessor, Vista.

But even as the company puts the final touches on Windows 7 some top engineers and executives are working on a replacement operating system that would relegate the aging Windows to computer history museums.

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Microsoft this week announced a program aimed at boosting the technology skills of up to two million Americans. As part of its Elevate America initiative Microsoft will offer some its training programs and certification tests for free.

The classes range from the basic, like how to use the Internet and send email, to advanced classes for using Microsoft applications.

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