Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Oct 2010 22:23 UTC
Windows "Windows 7 might be a massive commercial success and an undeniably rock solid piece of software, but Microsoft is apparently unwilling to rest on those soft and cozy laurels. Asked about the riskiest product bet the Redmond crew is currently developing, its fearless leader Steve Ballmer took no time in answering 'the next release of Windows'." Also of note in this same video interview thing: Ballmer states that Silverlight is now pretty much strictly a client, non-cross platform thing, while explicitly stating that when it comes to doing something universal, "the world's gone HTML5".
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RE[4]: Risky?
by vodoomoth on Sun 24th Oct 2010 13:54 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Risky?"
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Yes, but systems pre-installed with Windows Vista had the option to "downgrade" to Windows XP. I don't see a correlating Windows Vista "downgrade" option for systems with Windows 7 pre-installed.

Don't make it sound like a universal truth. It isn't. I wish I had the option to downgrade my Amilo Xi2528 to XP. All components were pretty much bleeding edge at that time and the documentation, specs, etc., all stated explicitly that the computer was not compatible with XP. Given the speed, dual core, memory and raid storage, XP would fly on this system. Unlike Vista which has been the worst experience I've ever had in front of a computer. Disappointing no matter what criteria I think of, to the point that I am just waiting (and hoping) for this laptop to die. The only good point is that I could disable both their ludicrous 3D alt+tab thing and Aero.

If downgrade was an option at that time, which I didn't know since this is the first time I read or hear about it, then fine. But not all systems sold the first year Vista was out had that option. At least not the Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Xi2528 in western France.

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