Linked by on Tue 27th May 2008 15:00 UTC
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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This isn't a missed opportunity. The opportunity to "pull an OSX" was before they released Vista. But they did, so now it would make no (business) sense to start from scratch and break compatibility.

"We're very clear that drivers and software that work on Windows Vista are going to work really well on Windows 7; in fact, they'll work the same. We're going to not introduce additional compatibilities, particularly in the driver model."

Doesn't anyone else see why this is a great business move for them?? Vista adoption is slow, drivers have been lacking, people are still developing for XP, etc...So, you say, "Everything that will work on Vista will work perfectly on Windows 7", and now companies see a better reason to develop applications, and more importantly drivers, for Windows Vista. Kill the, "we'll just hold out for Windows 7" mentality, and in the process, give people a big motivation to adopt Vista.

And lets face it folks, no matter what they say, Windows 7 will NOT be out in early 2010 or whatever pipe dream they are pushing now.

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