OMG! Microsoft spills bean on Windows 7 with update
Talk about timing – are the photo leaks a coincidence or perfectly timed? They come when Steve Ballmer has just been quoted coming out saying he’s so pleased with total Vista sales right now – although there must surely be many Vista equipped computers in corporate and consumer land that are having Vista removed and XP re-installed.
From what we can tell, Windows 7 promises great new features Microsoft can’t talk about yet, will be built on a natural evolution of the Windows 2008 Server kernel, itself an evolution of the Vista kernel, and while there will be some componentisation, Windows 7 won’t feature a totally rewritten ‘MinWin’ mini-kernel.
Instead, Windows 7 will be 100% compatible with the software and hardware of Vista, preventing Windows 7 upgraders going through incompatible driver hell as happened with Vista itself, XP before it, 2000 before that, ME/98/95 and 3.1 before that still!
Microsoft says they are targeting Windows 7 to ‘run on the same hardware recommended for Windows Vista’, although if they can pull this off, it will be a miracle.
That said, Apple manages to make newer versions of Mac OS X Leopard running faster on older computers – why can’t Microsoft manage this too? We will see.
So when will Windows 7 arrive – and what else is contained within? Please read on to page 2.
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