Anti-trust committee checks out Windows 7

By on March 13, 2008, 3:40 PM
Vista was supposed to lead a new era for Microsoft’s Windows operating systems, with its stylish aero graphical user interface and many security improvements. But while it has delivered a rather solid experience for many, it has also met with harsh criticism for its low hardware support, high system requirements, relatively poor performance, and in a nutshell for supposedly not making big enough improvements over Windows XP.

Despite Microsoft claiming that the upcoming Windows 7 isn’t even close to completion and insisting Vista will be around for a while, the software giant has already handed over a test version of their next-gen operating system to a technical committee that is overseeing Microsoft’s compliance with its antitrust settlement.

While the submission of Windows 7 to the technical committee doesn’t reveal much about the operating system, it does indicate how serious Microsoft is in getting its next client OS out the door. The company has talked up a 2010 release for Windows 7. That’s three years after Vista’s release, whereas the much-condemned Vista came more than five years after the introduction of its predecessor.




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foogan said:
Windows XP suffered a lot of criticism too when it came out, but not like Vista. XP offered a lot of improvements over 98/2k. Vista is just not cutting the mustard.That being said, WinXP was never really really great until the release of SP2. I am curious to see if there will be any potent service packs for Vista to make it more functional..But then maybe Vista is just another Millenium Edition. :S
thejedislayer said:
I don't like how Microsoft is coming out with this "Windows 7" OS. I know there are tons of OS's out there on the market, but diversity among software for OS doesn't seem like a good idea.
nazartp said:
[b]Originally posted by foogan:[/b][quote]Windows XP suffered a lot of criticism too when it came out, but not like Vista. XP offered a lot of improvements over 98/2k. Vista is just not cutting the mustard.That being said, WinXP was never really really great until the release of SP2. I am curious to see if there will be any potent service packs for Vista to make it more functional..But then maybe Vista is just another Millenium Edition. :S[/quote]Honestly, I had more problems with XP (I bought it the moment it was released just to get rid of Windows ME) than with Vista. My machine is nothing to write home about, but Vista runs on it well. I think people are a bit unfair comparing XP SP2 with first release of Vista. Mac OS is undeniably more reliable, but what is the spectrum of hardware it runs on compared to the myriad of PCs?
9Nails said:
Mac OS runs on Power PC G4, Power PC G5, Intel 32-bit and Intel 64 bit all from the same install DVD. That's a rather amazing thing to have instead of Microsoft's multiple install CD's and multiple license issues. (You can't upgrade form Vista Home to Vista Business?!) I love that fact about Mac's, they make your life simple. What I don't like is their price, and the hardware which tends to fall on the overpriced side of the fence without the long term stability. But I've heard a few cases where Apple had upgraded people's Intel iMac from a 17" unit to a 22" unit for zero to very little cost. So they make crappy hardware, but at least they have good customer service.I also don't like this Windows 7, it's too soon. But I equally didn't like Apple's sometimes bi-annual (and very necessary) revisions of their software either. I think that the pace of OS development is/was going too fast. Vista is Windows 6, and to be fair it hasn't gained a whole lot of support from hardware manufacturers. Releasing another new code base in 2 years is just going to make life more difficult for device driver engineers. (Which, they should be thanking Microsoft for all the overtime that they've had to put in for recently!) I think Microsoft should consider a 6.1 release fixing the Vista driver issues (even if they have to send their engineers to the hardware manufacturer's software team) and adding some of the features that they once claimed that Vista would have.
MParra said:
What I don't get is the fact that XP was supposed to have all the good things that the '9x (Windows ran by DOS) and the NT (DOS ran by Windows) models had and thus it was able to become stable after only two service packs. If XP is stable, why can't they leave the stuff that is not broken alone, fix the stuff that is and then make everything easier for all of us who uses them on a regular manner by incorporating ideas that users (us) wrote on their questionnaires. This cannot be achieved by revamping the whole thing in a way that requires a computer upgrade and a lot of luck when using it. Why fix what is not broken?-AxCutpractically forbidding the sale or distribution of XPVista seems to me is using more 9x stuff than it should probably because it is a quick fix to avoid the ill effects of the declining American economy. 9x OS's are much easier to 'advance' and even if I am way off and Vista is 90% XP plus innovations on the NT sidV7 will be 100% and a step in the right direction.They are just greedy.Their obsessions of shoving Vista down our throats and completely stopping the production of XP gave them away and they couldn't care less about the people who are forced to use it than they cared about the people who bought ME.Of course this is all my opinion and only time will tell who is going to get the short end of the stick this time around. I just hope I am not one of them :)Soon, W7 will be out and it would become stable very fast as well and all Vista users will be given free W7's and soon everybody will forget about this unfortunate Vista business..and get rid of the bad ones.
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