Linked by weildish on Wed 4th Feb 2009 07:07 UTC
Windows Windows 7 was causing quite a bit of hype months before its release, and now that it's finally out into the void, you'd think people would be contentedly beta-ing the system and be happy to wait until the wrinkles are smoothed, right? Apparently not, at least for a certain Kelly Poe and now over 2,500 Windows 7 enthusiasts.
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Not until it's ready!
by cmost on Wed 4th Feb 2009 12:18 UTC
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Microsoft should not yield to a small group of Windows enthusiasts and rush Windows 7 out the door. I think they've made that mistake with other major versions of Windows (e.g., Vista, Millennium Edition) and hopefully learned from the snafu that ensued. Microsoft should instead adhere to a strict "not until ready" policy. That means all major hardware drivers should be in place (and tested) before Windows ships as the default OS. Otherwise, this same small group will be bitching the loudest when Windows 7 doesn't perform as they expected.

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RE: Not until it's ready!
by PlatformAgnostic on Wed 4th Feb 2009 16:36 in reply to "Not until it's ready!"
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A Windows release is a big operation, so it's unlikely that a few enthusiasts are going to dramatically change the course of events, though it's great to see people like the Win7 team's work.

Groups within Microsoft have been working closely with the larger IHVs to ensure good drivers will be in place by RTM. By now, also, the changes in the riskiest driver compatibility areas (video, audio, and networking) are more evolutionary than before, so there's a bit less work for IHVs to do.

This is not to say that there haven't been large internal changes in the kernel-mode part of the OS (a few core areas have been rewritten for greater scalability), but the differences do not cause observable semantic changes in the API.

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