Linked by Adam S on Thu 21st Aug 2008 13:13 UTC
Windows Steven Sinofsky, who oversees Windows 7 development, has really committed to keeping us in the loop on the new Engineering Windows 7 blog. In today's post, "Measuring the Scale of a Release," he discusses whether or not Windows 7 will be a "major" or "minor" release. It's a pretty good piece that really makes some good points. Read on for our perspective.
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RE[3]: Hello Adam, earth to Adam
by Adam S on Thu 21st Aug 2008 18:23 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Hello Adam, earth to Adam"
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If it's a huge hit that people are willing to pay for, why give it away for free?

Ah... gotta love the Microsoft mentality. Why put something of value into a product when we can gouge our customers for more dollars?

How about because 33% of Vista sales are immediately downgraded to XP? How about because Macs are now the #1 selling laptop in the USA? How about because when people sink their dollars into something as mundane as an OS, they expect it to be truly useful, not come with a shoddy second rate program that they will then have to pay to upgrade to the proper program?

Stop drinking the Kool-Aid.

As for the backup, why can I only select broad categories for backup? Does it backup system files? And can I restore my entire PC from it? Who knows? Time Machine works like this:

* plug in external drive
* Do you want to use for Time Machine? Yes.
* Backup

Windows works like this.

* Plug in external drive
* "No, I don't want to open the volume or execute any files"
* Go to Start > Programs > Windows Backup... wait, that's not there
* Go to Start > Programs > Accessories, wait... not there
* Go to Start > Programs > Administrative Tools, wait... not there
* Go to Control Panel
* Click on Backup and Restore Center
* Choose Backup Files (or choose Backup Computer, which creates an image)
* Check things I want to backup
* Set schedule, which can be run once a day at most

Remind me why this is better? Do you know ANYONE AT ALL who uses this as their primary backup method?

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