As a person who grew up with MS-DOS at age of 9 and deleted Command.com on the first day I got the 386SX-25Mhz PC, I still am sorta Windows fan but yes I am also one of the best critics.
Anyways, Microsoft is obviously trying to changing their bad “Vista” image with their new Windows 7, which supposedly is fully backward-compatible with Vista. (Again, what they did wrong is make it backward-compatible with Vista, they should make it backward-compatible with XP AND Vista, hello?)
While windows 7 doesn’t undo these architectural changes—they were essential for the long-term health of the platform—it equally hasn’t made any more. Any hardware or software that works with Windows Vista should also work correctly with Windows 7, so unlike the transition from XP to Vista, the transition from Vista to 7 won’t show any regressions; nothing that used to work will stop working.
I admit to do a lot of Microsoft-bashing on this blog, (well, someone’s gotta do it!) but I am giving Microsoft one more chance as the Vista running on my new Dell laptop is actually working pretty good after 1 month of testing.
Vista maybe an okay operating system after all, so long as you don’t try to load it up with any old USB devices that no longer have support for Vista. The main reason why Vista FAILED is the fact that they had made an operating system for a PC with lots of memory. When Vista came out, if you installed it on an obscure hardware, it would lag and ultimately suck.
With faster hardware, Vista proved to be pretty good although Vista still has LOTS of problems as far as I can see.
Let’s get back to talking about this Windows 7.
What features are available different from Vista?
Well, I don’t want to go into every detail, let me just hook you up with some articles that will help you here.
ArtsTechnica.com has a great detailed info on the User Interface of Windows 7. I personally think it’s just extra shebang added to Vista, not something I’d actually want in a new operating system but it may be different for you.
ZDNet has a nice explanation of the core differences that Windows developers made on the Windows 7:
Memory management has been rewritten with a new fault tolerant heap which should help to keep applications running. Microsoft have also tuned the desktop windows manager to use less memory under windows 7 which should produce much better performance. Steve Sinofsky on stage showed the netbook with 1GB of RAM that he is using as his day to day laptop, claiming that after boot he still has half the memory left, this bodes well for Microsofts attempt to kill of that
The taskbar has been rewritten with a new grouping feature and finally allows the user to reorder their windows. Hovering over a group of application windows shows a preview of those windows and allows users to close the windows they are no longer using.
Networking at home has been rewritten with Microsoft now recognising that laptops now move from the corporate network to the home wireless network. There is now a concept of a home network and automatic sharing of pictures and music. Windows media player is now able to play iPod files which don’t have fairplay DRM. A new concept of libraries has been added to allow searching across different folders on multiple machines, the same concept has been also been added to Live mail which unifies multiple mail providers in one interface.
There are very few pieces of information about Windows 7 and the features it will bring available at this time. So far, we have heard only about new touchscreen features as well as – and probably most interesting – MinWin, a much smaller kernel of the operating system that takes up only 40 MB of memory.
Very first Windows 7 review is at Neowin.net Forum. I do like the fact that new memory management system will “hopefully” make Windows 7 faster regardless of poor/good hardware:
The GUI, as much of you have guessed, is very much like Vista. I don’t know if once the right video card driver is in place whether there will be flashy stuffs to surprise me. The system is very responsive, using barely 480MB of memory after boot.
Gadgets are now integrated into explorer. You can right click on desktop and select “Add Gadget” or “Hide Gadget”. There is a new gadget called “Windows Media Center” that displays now playing information from the WMC. On the same menu, “Display” is added above “Personalization” which gives you direct access to display DPI settings. The page is much more polished than the one in Vista.
Well, that’s probably the most positive post for Microsoft on Zedomax.com so far other than the fact that I love Microsoft’s mouse. I hope that serves you Microsoft whores happy. :p