"Our previous operating system Vista was popular rather much talked-about. But Windows 7 will be simple to use. The Windows 7 development is underway according to our plans," Ballmer said while delivering the keynote address at Microsoft's Tech.Ed India at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre.
Windows 7 would be more "reliable, secure and productive," the CEO pointed out. A Beta version of Windows 7 was currently available for users.
Emphasising the need for "more innovation and productivity", Ballmer said the next round of growth has to come from productivity and innovation.
"Global economy is in the process of re-setting. The good news about the current economic recession is that it happens only once in a lifetime. And, the bad news is that the next generation will not learn from the current generation," Ballmer noted, referring to similar economic crises that hit the world largely way back in 1879 and 1929.
"We are, however, optimistic about the future," he said.
Ballmer said IT professionals and developers could play a critical role in today's difficult economic situation. "You are in a unique position to spot the inefficiencies, maximise resources and help get the most out of the IT investments."
Ballmer also listed out the various other business initiatives of his company like releasing a new Windows Server 2008 R2 and putting in place the Visual Studio Team System by 2010. Windows would also come out with the next version of its mobile platform Windows Mobile 6.5 soon, he added.