Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Dec 2008 23:44 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Windows I'm sure you're all still (sadly) familiar with the recent 'debate' I had with InfoWorld's Randall Kennedy, which detailed a lot of silly things. The seed of that discussion was planted with Kennedy's first article which, among other things, claimed that Windows 7 performed similarly to Windows Vista (meaning, slower than XP). Leaving the thread count discussion behind, Kennedy did include a benchmark which showed that Windows 7 performed similar to Windows Vista. There's a new benchmark out now, comparing a slightly more recent build of Windows 7 to Vista RTM/SP1 and XP SP3, and in these tests, Windows 7 blows all of those out of the water.
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My take
by chris_dk on Sat 13th Dec 2008 15:09 UTC
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Windows 7 is 99% similiar to Vista.

The horrible explorer is still there.

The horrible UI elements are still there.

The taskbar is not really an improvement. For instance, you cannot open two instances of Explorer by clicking the explorer icon.
The taskbar just seems more flashy than adding any real usability benefits.

It's really just marketing with very little value.

The amount of RAM used has gone a little bit down. It reported 416 MB RAM used compared to about 700 with Vista.

Windows 7 is going to be met with more or less the same rage that Vista was because there's nothing really new in it.

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