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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RE: Not until it's ready!
by PlatformAgnostic on Wed 4th Feb 2009 16:36 UTC 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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