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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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RE[3]: Another Missed Opportunity
by Hae-Yu on Tue 27th May 2008 19:33 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Another Missed Opportunity"
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The "cruft" guarantees Windows the largest market share. Because so many applications and drivers run on Windows, people use it. Because so many people use it, applications and drivers will almost always target Windows.

Not just on the desktop but in support of things like cash registers, auto diagnostics, programming LMRs (radios), medical systems, ... These systems evolve slower than the desktop and there are far more of these than desktops. Their equipment investment is in decades. You just can't kick all those important users in the nuts and say "upgrade every business process end-to-end every few years to support our new OS." These customers just won't upgrade. MS doesn't get revenue if users don't upgrade. Therefore the "cruft."

RToS - Windows isn't running your brakes. RToSes have a different application and philosophy than GP OSes like Windows or Linux. That's why Windows CE and RTLinux are real-time and not the main desktop or server OSes.

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