Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Nov 2008 14:33 UTC
Windows Microsoft's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) is in full swing this week, hot on the heels of the recent PDC. The main subject is, of course, Windows 7. This being a conference focused on hardware makers, Microsoft made a whole slew of announcements related to how Windows 7 will deal with hardware.
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RE[2]: Comment by mkools
by Panajev on Fri 7th Nov 2008 08:36 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by mkools"
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"Dream on, if they did that they would indirectly admit that Vista sucks.

They already did that (by announcing that 7 is a 'fine tuned' version of Vista) - the whole "7" marketing so far is along the lines of "it suckes less than vista".

By that logic MacOS X Snow Leopard is fixing the sucky MacOS X Leopard (since that too did not promise a revolution, but an evolution over its predecessor) ;) .

Politics, ethics, you can make a lot of arguments from a lot of angles...

Fact is Vista ran and runs well on HW with moderate specs: I used to run, did so for almost two years, Vista from RC1 to SP1 on a Acer Aspire laptop with 1 GB of RAM, 1.67 GHz Core Duo (2 MB L2 cache) and a GeForce Go 7300M with 64 MB of local memory and I do not call that uber-recent HW.

Vista made a lot of under-the-hood changes which MS should be commended for, Windows 7 (with Direct2D, Direct Write) is completing the API catch-up with Apple's Quartz/Quartz Extreme (which on a platform like Windows is not exactly trivial... GDI/GDI+ is hard to kill) thanks to the fundamental changes taken during Vista's development... there would be no WDDM 1.1 without WDDM 1.0.

MS made mistakes while developing Vista and the early performance issues and compatibility problems as well as the fact the UI could be much more consistent, but remember that Acer Laptop I mentioned a few lines above... well I was asked to put XP back on it from the person (my father) who I gave the PC to after I got my new laptop and I also had to spend some time configuring it, installing apps, etc... I cannot get used to XP and its slow refreshing GUI any longer... I do not know how people can go back to it from Vista... maybe it is a limitation of mine, but I really do prefer Vista to XP.

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