Linked by Adam S on Tue 14th Oct 2008 12:30 UTC
Windows According to the official Windows Vista Blog, Microsoft has decided that, in order to keep things simple, the OS code-named "Windows 7" will officially be called "Windows 7." Sayeth the poster: "since we began development of the next version of the Windows client operating system we have been referring to it by a codename, "Windows 7." But now is a good time to announce that we've decided to officially call the next version of Windows, "Windows 7."" Of course, this introduces a major issue - if the version number of Windows 7 is, in fact, 6.1 or 6.2, as many expect, how can you call it Windows 7? And if the kernel version is updated to version 7, how many apps and drivers might fail due to poor version checking? I'm sure the upcoming PDC and WinHEC events will shed some light on this.
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RE[4]: Nice
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 14th Oct 2008 15:30 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Nice"
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Yes, but the blog always stops short of actually answering any of the said feedback. For each of the topics they've covered, they've given points 1. 2. - the history of the feature, and what the identified problems are; but they leave out point 3. - what the solution in Windows 7 is going to be. They only say that things will be easier, clearer and better. The same smoke they were wafting with Vista.

So, first Microsoft gets a load of crap because they were too eager to blabber and write on and on about what might end up in Vista - and now they're getting a load of crap because they're being a lot more careful with making promises?

Seriously. Where will it end?

As Adam said, the E7 blog is great. It gives a lot of insider info, usage data, the areas and problems they're working on, some solutions they're considering, and you can give feedback via the comments - and then, a few days later, they respond to that feedback with a follow-up post.

Sure, it ain't no mailing-list bikeshed debates (if some of you were to actually read open-source m-l's, like I do, you'd understand the frustration), but it's better than nothing.

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RE[5]: Nice
by Kroc on Tue 14th Oct 2008 15:45 in reply to "RE[4]: Nice"
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Microsoft showed a lot, and promised a lot for Vista (then Longhorn) in 2003 - but then failed to deliver anything even approaching that.

I'm asking they SHOW what they're actually doing (instead of just talking about the problems and avoiding the answers), and then DELIVER it. Like every other OS. The early Tiger demos (CoreImage/Video) were every bit as impressive as Longhorn, but Apple actually delivered it.

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RE[6]: Nice
by Adam S on Tue 14th Oct 2008 16:21 in reply to "RE[5]: Nice"
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As Microsoft has promised they will do... at PDC.

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RE[5]: Nice
by Ford Prefect on Tue 14th Oct 2008 16:36 in reply to "RE[4]: Nice"
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"Seriously. Where will it end?"

Dead simple. It will end when MS actually delivers exciting features! As long as they don't, customers will always complain, wether they babbled about it or not.

And for a reason!

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RE[5]: Nice
by Valhalla on Tue 14th Oct 2008 18:01 in reply to "RE[4]: Nice"
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Well I do enjoy reading the blog, mainly due to me being interested in OS development. But the name announcement is pretty much the least interesting blog entry for me so far and while it's certainly news I fail to see why it would be the cause of any excitement. I mean, what's in a name? That which we call Vista, by any other name would smell just as bad.

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