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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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Vista Second Edition, then
by jhenderson on Tue 27th May 2008 18:34 UTC
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So... just to clarify...

- Same Kernel, but cleaned up and bugfixed
- Same driver model, but with extra support
- Same DirectX
- Same APIs (Net 3.0+)
- Short release schedule
- New Internet Explorer
- Performance tweaks
- Networking improvements

Seriously... It's the equivalent of Win98 SE. Don't get me wrong - Win98 SE and Win95 SE were far better than their predecessors, more stable and more performant; they sold me on that product line. I didn't like 95 (due to stability), but SE really helped, and I used it even when 98 was out. Then I upgraded to 98SE when that sorted out the faults in 98.

Windows 7 looks like Vista SE to me... And maybe that isn't such a bad thing. Certainly, for ISVs, corporate types and game developers, stability in the APIs and expectations would be nice, otherwise they are throwing away any Vista/DirectX 10 investments that they have made.

Not revolutionary, but maybe it will make the Vista codebase stable and usable for at least the next five years after windows 7 release.

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RE: Vista Second Edition, then
by renox on Tue 27th May 2008 20:07 in reply to "Vista Second Edition, then"
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Not revolutionary

But are-there still 'revolutionary' improvements to add to an OS??

The only big improvement, I can see would be:
- to have the same responsiveness as BeOS had, but this won't happen thanks to software change as this would require to rewrite more or less all the applications (fast SSDs and multicore CPUs will hopefully give the same result though)
- true security: same, all the application would need to be rewritten: won't happen.
- going from hierarchical FS to a 'tagged' FS: this is the mythical CairoFS: but apparently it's very hard to implement without loosing performance which Microsoft can really afford currently!
- better 'on-line portability': here Microsoft fear Google so I doubt that they're going to push making everything online (but they should).

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