Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Oct 2009 21:53 UTC
Windows I never thought it was possible, but as it turns out, Microsoft has managed to produce some pretty good commercials for its brand new operating system, Windows 7. They are quite product-oriented, and carry the slogan "I'm a PC and Windows 7 was my idea".
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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by Buck on Fri 23rd Oct 2009 10:26 UTC in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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It's because their success isn't attributed to being a superior offering, rather it's something plagued by endless bugs and it's only the established monopoly that kept them going. Comes as no surprise that they don't know where to go next, they never had original ideas in the first place.
The flip side is that removing or moving all backwards compatibility is a monumental task that won't give any benefits given the sheer diversity of software people tend to use and how much of that software likes to tie itself so deep into the OS...

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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Fri 23rd Oct 2009 14:42 in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
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It's because their success isn't attributed to being a superior offering, rather it's something plagued by endless bugs and it's only the established monopoly that kept them going. Comes as no surprise that they don't know where to go next, they never had original ideas in the first place.


Many people don't want original ideas, they just want their computer to work. I'd sooner see Microsoft focus their energies on producing better middleware - maybe even provide a Silverlight development suite for Mac so that Flash can finally be killed off for the useless bloatware and browser-hangware that it is.

The flip side is that removing or moving all backwards compatibility is a monumental task that won't give any benefits given the sheer diversity of software people tend to use and how much of that software likes to tie itself so deep into the OS...


Why? all the hardware has already been moved to the new driver models - it is just a matter of removing the backwards compatibility that exists. The list of known safe win32 calls and deprecated parts have been known for many years - it would be a matter of simply removing those and providing a free copy of Windows XP in the form of an image and be done with it.

Edited 2009-10-23 14:44 UTC

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