Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Oct 2009 21:53 UTC
Windows I never thought it was possible, but as it turns out, Microsoft has managed to produce some pretty good commercials for its brand new operating system, Windows 7. They are quite product-oriented, and carry the slogan "I'm a PC and Windows 7 was my idea".
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RE: What features?
by grat on Sun 25th Oct 2009 22:34 UTC in reply to "What features?"
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Took away Ultimate Extras, changed the control panel, moved simple stuff like printers around, changed the start menu and forcing the new start menu on people, and all the dumb things like UAC are still dumb.

Start Menu --> Devices and Printers. Is that really so hard? UAC has been fine-tuned, and it's still better than the binary security model on XP (Or 2003, for that matter) of "Admin or !Admin".

Its Vista Service Pack 3, with forced changes (no Classic start menu), it will piss of IT organizations again, it really didn't add anything new, in fact, it took things away.

Why is Microsoft the only company not allowed to change their UI? Vista's the first new UI since Windows 95, and you know what? It's significantly easier to use as a result. I *do* wish they hadn't taken out the "Group" functionality in Explorer, and the lack of Virtual Desktops still drives me crazy. But Aero peek, while it sounds silly, rocks, and the keyboard shortcuts for launching / moving windows are very useful.

Moving things around also makes support harder. And, just to make sure where I am on this, Ribbon stinks, and real applications like Illustrator and Photoshop don't screw with the interface because what is there works for people who actually DO WORK.

Ok, that's three non-OS examples, but do you REALLY think we should all still be using program manager?

I think the biggest leap in innovation was from 3.1 -> NT 4.0, it was huge. It was cutler bringing NT kernel in and making real changes. Things have been incremental till Windows 2003, which in my mind, is the Windows operating system's peak.

Well, I'm not sure if you mean NT 3.1, or Windows 3.10, but really, NT 4.0 was just NT 3.x with the Windows 95 UI. And there things stopped. I'll let you in on another secret-- Windows 2008 is better than 2003.

Also, with Windows 7 XP mode, IT will really hate it, now they have to buy 2 seats of antivirus and junk like that for every workstation.

I have yet to see a real need for XP mode. We'll probably have a few legacy applications that need it, but for the most part, XP mode is a nice bonus that most people won't use. Oh, and make sure you write down the password.

Windows 7 should have at least included a real Antivirus, like DOS 6 used to have it (MSAV). But no, in the age of taking stuff away and calling it new, Windows 7 fits right in I guess.

Probably due to all those pesky lawsuits, but I guess you haven't heard Microsoft Security Essentials?

64-bit support still remains "hacky" as well, seems we are stuck with system32, wow64, and (x86) bs in certain directories.

You mean like this?

# ls -ld /usr/lib*
drwxr-xr-x 102 root root 28672 2009-09-19 18:42 /usr/lib
drwxr-xr-x 199 root root 135168 2009-09-19 18:48 /usr/lib64

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