Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Dec 2008 22:26 UTC, submitted by rexstuff
Windows Windows Vista has been out and about for a while now, and it has already been updated with a service pack, with a second service pack on its way. Vista's successor, Windows 7, is also getting closer and closer to release, but despite all that, Windows XP is still going strong, and demand for the operating system remains high. Because of that, Microsoft has yet again extended Windows XP's lifetime for OEMs and resellers.
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Why?
by apoclypse on Tue 23rd Dec 2008 05:08 UTC
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I just don't understand how this day in age MS can't seem to create a decent modern OS that is fast and lean and can run on a netbook. If Vista were't such a beast the netbook market would have boosted sales considerably. I just got my niece an Acer Aspire One for Christmas. While I was setting it up for her I was impressed by how snappy it was for its processing power and it was runnign XP. Meanwhile I had a dual-core Vista machine with 2 GBs running slow as hell for no apparent reason.

It boggles my mind that in this day in age MS would write an OS that bloated with that much resource requirements, knowing full well that one of tts competitors (Linux) is lean and mean and making headway in to the embedded and now netbook market. When Vista was in beta I was perplexed to see the MS was actually expecting the hardware to catch up to them, instead of making their OS as lean as possible. They were expecting a cozy relationship with hardware makers like Intel and Nvidia who are always trying to go faster instead of more efficient. However the market shifted, people (especially the enteprise) started to realize that they basically had a machine that used very little of its resources to begin with and here they have to upgrade to a machine that provides little benefit to what users are already doing. In-fact the market seems to be going the other direction, smaller, cheap, less powerful devices. These devices allow users to do what they need to do at lower cost and at greater portability.

The iPhone is a great example of where the market is heading, imo. Its a device that is low powered, and quite slow, but it still allows for users to email, web browse and even play games. Not aonly can it do these things but the OS used is actually a stripped down version of the same OS used in their much faster line of machines. Which begs the question why couldn't MS do the same, why can't they strip down the kernel to its bare essentials and develop a low resource version of their latest os to use in smartphones and netbooks?

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