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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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by Hae-Yu on Tue 27th May 2008 18:24 UTC
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1) A lot of you don't realize that Sinofsky was in charge of Office 2007. No one knew the big UI change was coming until it was already in a near-final state. He doesn't talk until he can deliver.

2) What I got from this interview us that Windows 7 will be like Server 2003 was to Server 2000 - a cleanup that really made the product line shine. Server 2000 helped break down a lot of barriers for MS and helped kill the big Nixes in the enterprise, but 2003 was far and away more polished. I have yet to find a bad review of Server 2003.

I installed Vista on a home-brew in January and love it. There are a few minor problem areas (why are there files I can't access?!), but overall, worlds better than XP.

I have seen no criticisms that a reasonably experienced techie would consider valid.

Criticisms:

1) Performance/ compatibility. Early adopters get what they deserve. I had the same problems upgrading from 98SE to W2K and learned my lesson. I have 2 coworkers and 4 non-technical family members who upgraded. None have had problems. Why? I told them to wait. Unsurprisingly, those of us who waited with Vista have far fewer problems than those who tried early on.

2) MS overpromised and didn't deliver those features. How good is what's left? I know of no one personally who downgraded.

3) It's different. Duh. If you wanted the same, why change your OS? If you take each new OS on it's own terms, you will be able to make much more accurate evaluations based on their needs.

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