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Yes its coming, the new operating system, and is likely to be a normal operating system like windows 98SE/ ME rather than Vista, which is a load of bull. Far too complicated, too many features, and eats memory for breakfast/lunch and dinner. The new operating system should work at its best on between 256/512 memory but rumour has it, it can operate well on a lot less memory. It will accept DVD writers and everyday software and of course the internet. Why has microsoft done this? This is easy to understand, they want there operating system to work on PDAs and tablets, so the hard drives will be smaller in size and volume. Vista takes approx 2gb of space and needs 2gb of memory and a hard drive bigger than 80gb while Windows 7 needs a tenth of that to work up to speed...
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Not really sure about the quote above myself, why would M$ take a step backwards?
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hmmm ....strange

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Because they have only found out that vi$ta is useless
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lol ^^ I love Vista

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I cannot stand it.

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I've never been a fan of Vista myself. I hope M$ realise the mistakes they have made with Vista and fix it in the next version.

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Where to start with the problems with vi$ta?

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Yes its coming, the new operating system, and
"is likely to be a normal operating system like windows 98SE/ ME rather than Vista, which is a load of bull.
- This is entirely opinionated, and anyone who thinks Windows Me is normal... isn't.
Far too complicated, too many features, and eats memory for breakfast/lunch and dinner."
- Windows is supposed to be able to do a wide variety of tasks, no such thing as too many features. Windows 98SE and Me are both far harder to use and less natural than Windows Vista is. Vista's life cycle is supposed to end in 2009-12 (iirc) and the writers judgment is based on it's performance on current computers, RAM will evolve and it will become easier to acquire RAM which is a larger size than today's RAM... this problem will disappear in a couple of years - also, If you have a computer with less than 512mb of RAM it's about due time for an upgrade.
"The new operating system should work at its best on between 256/512 memory but rumor has it, it can operate well on a lot less memory."
- This seems to be a prediction that is based around the amount of RAM which would be acceptable for an OS today, by 2009 Microsoft will have developed new technologies, and RAM usage will stay high. Also, the only thing Microsoft is focusing on minimizing through MinWin is the kernel, there seems to be no information suggesting otherwise.
"It will accept DVD writers"
- Vista does this already
"and of course the internet."
- MinWin already has an http server application successfully running, this goes without saying.
"and everyday software"
- this will be a necessity, in 2 years I expect I'll be using quite a bit of the same software.
"Why has microsoft done this? This is easy to understand, they want there operating system to work on PDAs and tablets so the hard drives will be smaller in size and volume."
- It would be hard to create an OS where you interacted more naturally with your computer (this we do know is Microsoft's plan for Windows 7) for both a PDA and a PC as they're different sizes and are used in different environments, this would require a larger amount of harddrive space to hold different device drivers and interaction applications for different devices. Also, people will forever want drives which hold more content e.g. media and applications - a change in the size of Windows will not change the demand on increasing harddrive size.
"Vista takes approx 2gb of space and needs 2gb of memory and a hard drive bigger than 80gb while Windows 7 needs a tenth of that to work up to speed..."
- Vista needs a harddrive bigger than 8gb, and works perfectly with less than 50gb - it's the programs, songs and content which take up the extra room.

Whoever wrote that needs to take a step back and think about where Microsoft has been focusing recently. Sure, Windows 7 will be faster and compatible with more devices which appear as time goes on, but ahhh... DirectX 10 requires like 50MB to install, but the OS is supposed to be about 200MB, where do all the device drivers and redesigned user interfaces fit into this, remembering there's only 2 - 4 years for the above to occur.

According to the author of this article Windows 7 will truly revolutionize the way we use our computers with only two years to finish MinWin and integrate whatever Vibe comes up with. This article suggests that Microsoft will pull off a miracle and make Vienna more than a major release, which simply is not true.
Windows Vista was a major release, and Vienna will be a relatively minor, or interim, update. Microsoft is currently on a development path where every other Windows version is a major release.

- Paul Thurrot
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ChasingVertigo wrote: - Paul Thurrot
ChasingVertigo is Paul Thurrott?

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Xammer wrote:
ChasingVertigo wrote: - Paul Thurrot
ChasingVertigo is Paul Thurrott?
I'm sure Chasing Vertigo was meaning to be quoting Paul Thurrot,
so it should have read:-
Windows Vista was a major release, and Vienna will be a relatively minor, or interim, update. Microsoft is currently on a development path where every other Windows version is a major release.

- Paul Thurrot.
Not
Windows Vista was a major release, and Vienna will be a relatively minor, or interim, update. Microsoft is currently on a development path where every other Windows version is a major release.
- Paul Thurrot

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Sorry guys, yeah I meant I was quoting Thurrot, I'm not that exciting.
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pretty much that whole paragraph was pulled out of his ass

http://board.iexbeta.com/index.php?showtopic=71776&hl=

i would bet that he *just* saw the minwin video.. and jumped to some wild conclusions

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That makes sense. Why the heck did I spend like an hour writing that response at 1 in the morning That's nearly as bizzare as running around a girl's only school's common room handing out lollipops while wearing a gstring and shouting "Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas"
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ChasingVertigo wrote:Vista's life cycle is supposed to end in 2009-12 (iirc) and the writers judgment is based on it's performance on current computers, RAM will evolve and it will become easier to acquire RAM which is a larger size than today's RAM... this problem will disappear in a couple of years
That's a big problem. A mainstream OS should be usable on mainstream computers available when it comes out, not ones available a couple of years later.

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What makes it difficult to develop is an OS for many different hardwares. Some works, some don't, unlike mac os x which runs only of a set of different hardware and thats it. It doesn't matter if it works on your hackitosh or you P3 laptop which reduces the problems showing up in the os.
Yes vista should run great on 2008/2009 built computers, but for your old P4 with 512MB DDR ram, it could be a headace.
Vista works great with 2 GB of DDR2 ram and a Core 2 / Athlon 64 X2, but anything older would find some problem with performance.

I believe Windows 7 should start off from Windows Server 2003 SP2 to elimate all of vista's codes, but starting in parallel with Windows Server 2008 isn't a bad idea (the core of the os is still good).
If microsoft start with the core and make everything an addon, windows shouldn't function as bad as if they are all intergrated as a solid product.

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I think that Windows 7 will be significantly better than Vista. Microsoft should have learnt a lot from Vista - mainly the fact that people won't automatically buy whatever junk they release, and they're not some invincible empire anymore. Lots of people are starting to take OS X and even Linux seriously, including computer illiterate people. Every single person in my family says that their next computer will be a Mac, and these are people who don't even know how to use word processors properly.

Microsoft used to have this idea that whatever they make will be a success, but that's just not true anymore. The last version of Windows that I actually liked was 2000.

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seanneko wrote:Lots of people are starting to take OS X and even Linux seriously, including computer illiterate people
So you're saying that OS X and Linux have not been "taken seriously" so far? That is nonsense. And OS X is well-suited for "computer illiterate" people. But let's not start an OS flame-war, there are already enough.

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empireum wrote:So you're saying that OS X and Linux have not been "taken seriously" so far?
Not by a significant number of people, no. A few years ago I didn't know a single person with a Mac, now I know at least 10.

This graph clearly shows that sales have more than doubled in the past few years:
http://www.systemshootouts.org/images/m ... rly_sm.gif

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seanneko wrote:Microsoft should have learnt a lot from Vista - mainly the fact that people won't automatically buy whatever junk they release, and they're not some invincible empire anymore.
People haven't been buying Windows (at least directly) for about a decade. Most Windows sales come from preinstalled systems, not boxed versions.

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ppc_digger wrote:People haven't been buying Windows (at least directly) for about a decade. Most Windows sales come from preinstalled systems, not boxed versions.
Not meaning to nikpick, but I wouldn't say "most" sales are preinstalled,
maybe half...
Between ebay & several computer shops I know of & deal with, the sales
of outright direct windows purchases outweigh the preinstalled sales, even
though the OS's are OEM mostly, it doesn't stop them selling them over
the counter with or without hardware...
Again, not meaning to nitpick, maybe where you live is different..!

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KenOath wrote:
ppc_digger wrote:People haven't been buying Windows (at least directly) for about a decade. Most Windows sales come from preinstalled systems, not boxed versions.
Not meaning to nikpick, but I wouldn't say "most" sales are preinstalled,
maybe half...
Between ebay & several computer shops I know of & deal with, the sales
of outright direct windows purchases outweigh the preinstalled sales, even
though the OS's are OEM mostly, it doesn't stop them selling them over
the counter with or without hardware...
Again, not meaning to nitpick, maybe where you live is different..!
I agree. Of course a lot of people get their Windows license by buying a new PC that comes preinstalled with a version, but there are still cases where a copy is purchased conventionally, i.e. if you want to upgrade your OS or even downgrade it. I don't know if it's different in other countries, but in Germany, the separate sale of OEM versions is permitted and very common.

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In the UK, OEM sales aren't usually allowed, but you can get round it by buying a cheap mouse or keyboard for 75p or something.

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Andy wrote:In the UK, OEM sales aren't usually allowed, but you can get round it by buying a cheap mouse or keyboard for 75p or something.
Ah, okay, it was like this once here too, but then I think they weakened the law.

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empireum wrote:
Andy wrote:In the UK, OEM sales aren't usually allowed, but you can get round it by buying a cheap mouse or keyboard for 75p or something.
Ah, okay, it was like this once here too, but then I think they weakened the law.
It's the same in the US, and it's not 'law' it's Microsoft policy
unkle_stu wrote:pretty much that whole paragraph was pulled out of his ass

http://board.iexbeta.com/index.php?showtopic=71776&hl=

i would bet that he *just* saw the minwin video.. and jumped to some wild conclusions
i knew it! by no cooincidence the minwin video is making a 2nd round

http://www.crn.com/software/204400536

the video is being taken way out of context..

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unkle_stu wrote:
empireum wrote:
Andy wrote:In the UK, OEM sales aren't usually allowed, but you can get round it by buying a cheap mouse or keyboard for 75p or something.
Ah, okay, it was like this once here too, but then I think they weakened the law.
It's the same in the US, and it's not 'law' it's Microsoft policy
In Germany, MS had to deal with a lawsuit regarding their restrictive policies on selling OEM software. A court forced them to allow individual sale of OEM products, so it has nothing to do with "policy" anymore.

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