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