Window's Vista hasn’t proven to be the wildly popular operating system that Microsoft had originally hoped. The early angst against the OS was so strong that Windows XP still hangs around and can be had on many new computer systems.
Microsoft is already getting Windows 7 ready to pick up where Vista floundered. DailyTech reported on October 14 that Microsoft had chosen to stick with Windows 7 as the official name for the coming operating system. Microsoft also said that it would show the OS to developers in pre-beta form at the Professional Developers Conference this week.
Ahead of the conference, some details are coming out that give an idea of some of the early features of Windows 7. According to ZDNet, the features being offered in the pre-beta version at the show include Action Center, StreamOn, a new animation framework, new task bar and shell, multi-touch and gesture recognition, ribbons, and improved Bluetooth support.
Many of the details of the features won’t be known until they are announced officially at the conference. Action Center is known to be a self-diagnosis tool to help repair problems with Windows 7. Hopefully, rather than Vista's tendency to simply tell users who have problems to get drivers from the hardware makers website or the error can’t be fixed, Action Center will actually offer a fix for errors.
The DeviceStage feature is one of the unknowns, though ZDNet speculates that it may be a sort of souped up Plug and Play since the feature will only work with Device Stage enabled peripherals. StreamOn is a way to control multimedia content on the PC, but how it works is unknown. The new animation framework is a question mark as well. Perhaps it's a built-in animation creator sort of like the built-in movie editing features.
Multi-touch and gesture recognition are features that have been associated and known for Windows 7 for a while. Improved Bluetooth support is self-explanatory, though the level of "improved support" is unknown.
The ribbon interface was seen in leaks from September of the M3 build of Windows 7. I haven’t personally seen the ribbons, but if they draw half the ire in Windows 7 as the ribbons did in Office 2007, I hope there is a way to go back to a more traditional Windows layout.
ZDNet reports that Microsoft is on track to deliver a public beta of Windows 7 by mid-December 2008 and the final version in 2009. That time frame would jibe with Asus CEO Jerry Chen's statement that Eee PC netbooks would ship with Windows 7 by mid-2009.
quote: I haven’t personally seen the ribbons, but if they draw half the ire in Windows 7 as the ribbons did in Office 2007, I hope there is a way to go back to a more traditional Windows layout.
quote: Let me guess... you've never used Vista either. Try getting a new rig first.
quote: Put a decent GPU in that PC and it totally owns PS3 performance wise
quote: PC gaming is dead
quote: The technology is already somewhat old. And sorry, we aren't going to all wait while you catch up with us. A pc is completely outdated in a matter of 2-3 years, not 10
quote: ...do it on ur own time and with people of your intelligence.
quote: Ok, let me see you play a current gen game on a 486
quote: The most games, office programs, application run at lightning fast speed on Linux even on 486 machine from 90's.
quote: it's nice not having to worry about using floppies for drivers during install
quote: It'll take 20% longer to start up than Vista, 20% longer to shut down, run programs 10-20% slower, eat up 20% more system resources, and UAC will be 20% more annoying. But it's improved! Honest!
quote: Aren't they discontinuing XP? Or haven't they already?
quote: So now we have to slow down Windows in order to make it as efficient as OS X while OS X stays efficient and blazingly fast at the same time? Great. Just great. I wonder what other nasty surprises Microsoft is cooking for us.
quote: Vista is simply much faster.
quote: Vista shows ugly flickering (which proves that "GPU-based" Aero is just a marketing gimmick)
quote: one of the issues with reduced battery life is Aero itself
quote: running 3D hardware constantly has to suck power from somewhere
quote: they leave much to be desired in the MBPro. That's the sole component to blame. One of the main reasons Fruit decided to go nVidia this time around.
quote: their memory usage is pretty much on par
quote: The problem is that Vista does it in a dumb way that does not allow CPU and HDD go idle/sleep.
quote: It is the indexing, (which is also does not constantly running) that spins the HD a little more than normal, although you are greatly over-exaggerating how much it actually happens. (I would also like to note that both OSX and many flavors of linux also do this)
quote: So much for Vista being the OS of the future
quote: All that excess power isn't doing you any good sitting unused
quote: ...slow down application launches to XP speed.
quote: you obviously haven't owned or used a Windows computer in quite some time
quote: just because the thread says 'Windows' does not mean you need to post in it
quote: If it is something that improves performance and adds a feature, so be it
quote: memory will take up the same amount of power whether or not it is being used
quote: You have no argument here
quote: You know you can access all the functions in the ribbon with keyboard shortcuts, right? Try pressing alt once in a while