November the 5th is fast approaching but anyone expecting fireworks when Microsoft gave first preview of its Windows 7 operating system today would be disappointed. The new operating system, due to ship in January next year doesn’t offer much more than the Windows Vista. There are a few bells and whistles. Window’s 7 support for touch-sensitive displays could prove useful for people that need to use table PCs on the move. And the ability to connect to Windows Sever 2008 without a VPN could also be helpful to businesses. But they don’t add up to a compelling reason to upgrade. Verdict so far – a damp squib.