Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Nov 2008 22:55 UTC
Editorial Yesterday, a story made its rounds across the internet. It was picked up by many large news websites, and I'm sure it will be quoted by people until eternity. It was published by a large website, looked all fancy, it had multiple pages - it looked like it was really something. However, anyone with even the remotest bit of knowledge knows that the article was a collection of complete and utter bogus.
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You and the author of the article agree...not
by stln on Thu 13th Nov 2008 09:55 UTC
stln
Member since:
2008-11-13

Here is my problem with your post:
-First you conclude that the author doesn't know what he's talking about because he says that the Vista and Windows 7 kernels are very similar

- Then you say that Windows 7 never was intended as a 'new kernel' ... and that the kernels are very similar.

You are focussing on the way he arrived at that conclusion and make a big fuss about it being 'not scientific'.

But all the time you avoid the hart of the matter: that according to the author (and I agree with him), there is a substantial gap between what windows 7 is marketed to be (Vista, but lean and mean) and what it is (Vista, with a few tweaks).

I must say that I'm very dissapointed to hear that in terms of memory footprint and performance, windows 7 is very similar to Vista.

And don't start about 'beta software'. We all know that MS wants to push W7 out of the door before the summer which means that the cut-off date for any real development is about now.

And then there is the other problem: at least the upgrade will be smooth because they kept Vista almost entirely. Well... aparently they still managed to break lots of things.
Of course this IS an area where a lot of progress can still be expected. But still it is worrying that when 'if it runs on Vista then it runs on W7' is your credo, it doesn't really show.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

But all the time you avoid the hart of the matter: that according to the author (and I agree with him), there is a substantial gap between what windows 7 is marketed to be (Vista, but lean and mean) and what it is (Vista, with a few tweaks).


Except... Windows 7 was never marketed as lean and mean. You're just making that up.

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stln Member since:
2008-11-13

Well.. with the risk of being flagged as a troller...
I just surfed to MS website and typed in "windows 7".
The first paragraph goes like this:

"what is Windows 7?

It's the next version of Windows for PCs, and it's the result of working hand-in-hand with our partners and with people who use Windows in the real world every day. We're paying particular attention to the things they're telling us are important to them and will make their PCs work the way they want them to—things like enhanced reliability, responsiveness, and faster boot and shut-down. We're also trying to make their everyday tasks easier, like connecting and syncing devices, browsing the web, and managing a home network. "

I read two important items they will work on: reliability and performance. Connectivity is also an important concern.

If you read it differently then you really are ready to join the Microsoft promotion team (I'm not the first to say this in this thread by the way).

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mackintire Member since:
2008-11-15

Someone needs to read the Windows 7 engineering blog.

Memory tweaks and optimisation will be finished by Release canidate. Windows 7 when finished should require 200MB less memory on a clean boot.

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