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Windows So far, Microsoft has been very tight-lipped about Windows 7, carefully trying to prevent another Longhorn PR disaster where the company promised the heavens and more for Longhorn, but in the end ditched Longhorn to make way for Vista. Chris Flores (Windows Client Communications Team) as well as Steven Sinofsky, has broken the silence a little bit to talk about Windows 7. In addition, it is believed Windows 7 will make its first official debut at the D6 All Things Digital conference today, during a keynote held by Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates.
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Great! 3 years and no progress. Nice!
by kragil on Tue 27th May 2008 16:25 UTC
kragil
Member since:
2006-01-04

XNU ( MacOSX Kernel ), the BSD kernels get new features every year or two. And Linus adds insane amounts of new stuff to his kernel ( like _millions_ lines of code in a matter of a few months ) Linux will be realtime and have new ZFS like filesystems in 3 years and God only knows what else.

How is MS going to compete???

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phoehne Member since:
2006-08-26

Think of it this way. According to Moore's law, in 3 years computers will be 4 times as fast. If they don't do much to make Windows 7 more 'resource sensitive' than Vista, it will appear quite zippy on those new machines.

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Tutor Member since:
2007-09-24

You may want to read up on Moore's law, because your representation is wrong. It's about doubling transistor count every 2 years. And that tells you nothing about performance increases.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore%27s_law

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tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

How is MS going to compete???


The single biggest thing that MS has going for it is its huge install base. So, in a sense, the playing field has less to do with whatever random features that Linus or anybody else adds to Linux but, rather, about how well MS maintains backward compatibility while simltaneously moving the ball forward. With that kind of lock-in, MS almost can't fail. I realize that it's going to come as a shock to many of you, but Vista is steadily gaining market share. Within a couple years, it will account for over 50% of the market.

Edited 2008-05-27 23:15 UTC

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