Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th May 2008 03:15 UTC
Windows I personally doubted that Windows 7 would make an actual appearance during the Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer joint interview up on stage at the D6 conference, but as it turns out, it has made an appearance. During an interview conducted by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher about Ballmer and Gates' past, present, and future, a short demo was given of Windows 7.
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by sakeniwefu on Wed 28th May 2008 09:31 UTC
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Well, there's nothing wrong with multitouch as long as they don't overdo it and require it to configure the screen resolution. It has been clear for some time now that they would be doing something with multitouch.
I just hope they don't screw even more with the interface. I for one dislike the likes of KDE 4 and MacOS X. However, if Windows is to be used mainly with touchscreens as opposed to touchpads and keyboard, sucky interfaces might be the only way people will be able to hit a button with their fat fingers. And Microsoft testers are not known by their good taste *cough* Bob *cough* Luna *cough* Clippy *cough* Aero *cough*, I need some codeine.
Windows Vista does some things very well technologically, most of them copied over from MacOS X. I hope they keep that and destroy the old windowing system residues and bomb the ASCII WinAPI at least.
Oh, and stop whining about the kernel. It is as good as it needs to be and has nothing to do with any misfeature of Windows. Kernels mean nothing today. The major ones are all similar in features and performance and there is very little room for improvement. GNU/NT and BSD/NT wouldn't differ much from GNU/Solaris or BSD/Mach. The battlefield is now in the I/O interfaces, and both Windows and MacOS X have a new windowing system from the 2000s now as opposed to something that has been grown since the 70s. Unixers will need to keep their good old hydroponic magic.
As for the toolkits, .NET is yet to show any advantage over Cocoa, QT or GTK, but if Microsoft officially endorses it and states it will be the only platform supported at all in Windows 8 there are already enough developers ready to replace the old ones that made Windows into the crappy platform that it is with their C++ mishaps.

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