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Windows So far, Microsoft has been very tight-lipped about Windows 7, carefully trying to prevent another Longhorn PR disaster where the company promised the heavens and more for Longhorn, but in the end ditched Longhorn to make way for Vista. Chris Flores (Windows Client Communications Team) as well as Steven Sinofsky, has broken the silence a little bit to talk about Windows 7. In addition, it is believed Windows 7 will make its first official debut at the D6 All Things Digital conference today, during a keynote held by Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates.
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Another Missed Opportunity
by phoehne on Tue 27th May 2008 16:18 UTC
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Rather than evolving Vista, it might have been a good time to really re-think and re-plan the windows kernel. For all those needing backwards compatibility, they could provide a virtual machine/hypervisor to run Vista. Given the sour press they could have taken the hint and really pushed the edges of the envelope. Instead they're going to deliver the same, day old bread. Of course, in the interim, they are probably going to promise dozens of innovative ideas which they will drop once they realize the turd they're polishing won't support it.

That makes me think it's time to reconsider how I look at Windows. Normally, you think of Windows as an O/S that runs on hardware which is essentially fungible. Given the Vista headaches, it might be time to look at Windows (7) as a product that you will buy with hardware from a quality vendor. In other words, forget about upgrades, just buy a new machine. That is, wait on each windows 'upgrade' until it's time to buy a new computer and just buy a complete working package instead of 'rolling out' (in a corporate environment) or upgrading (in a home environment).

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