Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Apr 2009 22:54 UTC
Windows Now that Windows 7 is more or less finalised on the feature side of things, with the release candidate around the corner, I thought it would be interesting to look back upon what we thought Windows 7 would be - and what we actually hoped Windows 7 would be. So, I dove into our article and comment archive to see how many of our hopes, dreams, and predictions came true.
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RE: If Microsoft is lucky
by softdrat on Thu 16th Apr 2009 01:41 UTC in reply to "If Microsoft is lucky"
softdrat
Member since:
2008-09-17

If Microsoft is lucky 7 will be as big a hit as Windows 98.


Really? Windows 98 is that last version of any MS operating system that I've ever bought, and after having had used Linux for 5 years, 98 was a HUGE disappointment. Still fiddling with 8.3 file names? No genuine user accounts with strict access controls? No SMP? No built-in firewall? Once, it displayed a message saying that IE had crashed. I wasn't running IE at the time.

I am sure 7 will be much better. But please don't let 98 (even for its time) be your standard of excellence.

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RE[2]: If Microsoft is lucky
by suryad on Thu 16th Apr 2009 02:10 in reply to "RE: If Microsoft is lucky"
suryad Member since:
2005-07-09

While I do not disagree with your comment I think the parent was comparing the size of sales and popularity of the OS and not how awesome it was. THough I must say 98 was quite good at that time.

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RE[3]: If Microsoft is lucky
by darknexus on Thu 16th Apr 2009 02:24 in reply to "RE[2]: If Microsoft is lucky"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Actually, 98 was pretty awful. 98SE, on the other hand, was certainly the best of the 9x series, though honestly at least for me that's not saying much. Best of 9x was still pretty bad by comparison to NT or *NIX.
I've been playing with 7, and while I like the stability, I just don't care for some of the new interface. I didn't like it in Vista, and the same things bother me in 7. For example, does the control panel really need to be so convoluted? It reminds me of one of those old choose your own adventure RPGs, there's so many layers to it. Plus the keyboard navigation of that control panel is god awful compared to that in XP or the control centers in OS X or GNOME. Does the start menu really need a search box at the top? Seriously? Try getting used to that if you're a power keyboard navigator that used to hit windows, p to get into your programs. Ugh.
Most of my gripes about the interface are from a keyboard power user's perspective, so I know they probably won't apply to the average home user. Still, that's my opinion on it, and it's enough of an annoyance that I probably won't end up using Windows 7 as my primary os. I'm faster using the keyboard... but not when the os seems to go out of its way to make that needlessly painful. I'll either end up sticking with OS X or Ubuntu for my primary os, I still can't make up my mind between those two. Sorry Windows 7, but you'll probably get religated to VM status for fixing others' computers.

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RE[2]: If Microsoft is lucky
by unclefester on Thu 16th Apr 2009 04:56 in reply to "RE: If Microsoft is lucky"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Eaxactly. Even in 1999 the Linux distros was far better than win98.

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RE[3]: If Microsoft is lucky
by Vanders on Thu 16th Apr 2009 10:05 in reply to "RE[2]: If Microsoft is lucky"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

Eaxactly. Even in 1999 the Linux distros was far better than win98.


Steady on, let's not go crazy. Redhat 6.0 was state of the art in 1999 and I remember the pain and suffering it caused me first hand.

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