It was announced few days ago that Windows 7 has RTM and very soon it will be publicly available. I have been already playing with Windows 7 RC in the VMWare image and it really looks nicer as Vista.
At the same time the first sneak preview of the upcoming Delphi 2010 has been published here: http://www.embarcadero.com/rad-studio-2010/. It covers some of the very cool new IDE usability features, like IDE Insight for keyboard access to everything via F6, new debugger visualizers and thread debugging. Really cool stuff:-)
Delphi and C++Builder are the best tools for building native Windows applications, from Windows device drivers and services, games, instant messengers, like Skype, to enterprise database solutions. Microsoft is advocating writing Windows applications in managed code, on the .NET platform. We do provide Delphi Prism as part of the RAD Studio to leverage .NET capabilities. However the Windows operating system itself, the .NET Common Language Runtime, and everything else where execution speed and performance is critical is written in unmanaged, native code that executes "closer to the metal". This is where Delphi and C++Builder excel! Tim Anderson in his post "Native code makes a comeback - except it never away" has some good points on this subject as well.
(…) if you want to develop high-performance and high-quality commercial applications, you’ll still look to C++ and native code to deliver that power. (…)
That is why Delphi and C++Builder developers are not looking to move away from native to managed code.