So the headline doesn't say much. After all, Win7 only has to compete with Vista. XP was a great operating system. It was stable and it worked well! For whatever kinks it had, people eventually figured out how to get by, or even fix the problem. With the release of SP3, virtually all major problems were taken cared of. Vista on the other hand was a complete mess. On the day of release, the blogosphere moaned in agony. … more
Microsoft is a really dull company - it's become what IBM used to be: big, slow, unresponsive. And this a shame since frankly without them we wouldn't have computers everywhere. Office is still a killer app that makes the Microsoft platform essential in practically every organization. But when you compare Microsoft to Google, there's no competition - Google makes the world stop every time they announce something and Microsoft gets a raised eyebrow. Anyway, I was definitely … more
Windows 7 (formerly codenamed Blackcomb and Vienna) Microsoft Windows, a series of operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs and media center PCs. Windows 7 was released to manufacturing on July 22, 2009, with general retail availability set for October 22, 2009, less than three years after the release of its predecessor, Windows Vista. Windows 7's server counterpart, Windows Server 2008 R2, is slated for release about the same time.
Unlike its predecessor, which introduced a large number of new features, Windows 7 is intended to be a more focused, incremental upgrade to the Windows line, with the goal of being fully compatible with applications and hardware with which Windows Vista is already compatible. Presentations given by Microsoft in 2008 focused on multi-touch support, a redesigned Windows Shell with a new taskbar, a home networking system called HomeGroup, and performance improvements. Some applications that have been included with prior releases of Microsoft Windows, including Windows Calendar, Windows Mail, Windows Movie Maker, and Windows Photo Gallery, will not be included in Windows 7; some will instead be offered separately as part of the free Windows Live Essentials suite.