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[2]: Risky?
by Panajev on Mon 25th Oct 2010 08:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Risky?"
Panajev
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I fully agree on your Vista comments, I was one of those people with no Vista related problems even with pre-RC Vista. I only had 1 GB of RAM, 64 MB of VRAM for my trusty GeForce Go7x series, and a Core Duo CPU... Yet I was able to code with Visual Studio, Firefox, IE, VirtualPC 2007 running Windows Server 2003, and ISS running inside the guest OS all open at once ;) . I welcomed the more responsive GUI thanks to Aero and the per application volume manager, ... Windows 7 did bring the best Taskbar out there though... It is a clone of the dock partially, but it has improved on the Dock so it is time for OS X to catchup there.

I think we are being unfair to Lion though... The only Lion exclusive piece we saw was the Launchpad, all the Mac App Store stuff is Snow Leopard compatible too and will launch in a short while.

Let's not forget that Lion's rollout is 1 year, from the first time it was shown to it's release date OS X took 1 year too, but at the time they already showed us Aqua... that is true.
What is also true is the fact that it was safer to show Aqua then, with no fear of the competition catching up (which it did with Vista, technologically, several years later), than it would be showing big UI changes now... The technology in Widows 7 is far closer to what Apple has in their sleeves than it used to be IMHO.

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