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“Windows 7” Details

“Windows 7” Details

Microsoft is finally starting to let a few details about their next OS, dubbed “Windows 7”, slip. 

While the new features are still under wraps for now, MS did reveal that they plan on adopting a more incremental development approach somewhat similar to that of Apple.  It could be argued that MS has already tried this approach as Windows 98 and ME could be considered evolutions of improvements over Windows 95.
“The company discussed Windows 7 on Thursday at a conference for its field sales force in Orlando, Fla., according to sources close to the company.

While the company provided few details, Windows 7, the next client version of the operating system, will be among the steps taken by Microsoft to establish a more predictable release schedule, according to sources. The company plans a more "iterative" process of information disclosure to business customers and partners, sources said.“
Early indications are that there will still be a 32-bit only version, so we might not see the industry move en masse to 64-bit just yet.
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I hope MS only builds a rudimentary 32-bit version of their next OS, and really focuses on the 64-bit version. Anyone with a machine powerful enough to run Windows 7 will likely have a 64-bit CPU.

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Many home users have not made the jump to 64bit yet. While I agree Microsoft should move to 64bit I doubt they will risk losing sales my not having both versions. I do feel that this will possible be the last version of windows to include both 32bit and 64bit since by the time Windows 8 is released most users will have moved on to new 64bit systems as they will be all that is being made.


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Good comments above, everyone!

Try to think back to the differences
between XP/Pro and, say, Windows 95,
or Windows 3.1:

* SATA hard drives didn't exist

* USB was brand new

* wireless networks were still in R&D

* dual-core CPUs did not yet exist

* (and so on).

What makes the most sense to me is
to freeze the 32-bit version of XP/Pro,
but continue to support it for purposes
of bug fixes only e.g. via Windows Update
(which is working superbly, imho).

There is such a huge installed base of
32-bit software compatible with XP,
this will make that installed base
of Users very happy.

Then, pour all significant future developments
into the 64-bit versions of Windows e.g.
64-bit XP, Vista, Windows "7",
Windows server versions, and so on.

The rationale for this approach should be
obvious: the logical address space available
to 64-bit machines is absolutely enormous,
and it dwarfs the address space available
to 32-bit machines.


All new hardware should be designed to
operate in a 64-bit environment, and
accordingly all new device drivers
should also be designed to be compatible
with 64-bit environments.

If a User desires a feature that is only
available for 64-bit environments,
entry-level 64-bit CPUs are dirt cheap,
even now. That User should face the music
and upgrade his/her hardware to accommodate
their application requirements.

The trends are quite clear: hardware
continues to get more powerful and less expensive,
while software gets more expensive to develop
as it gets more powerful.

IBM OS/360 had a million lines of code,
and everyone thought THAT WAS A LOT!! :)

So, choose your software FIRST, and
then select the hardware that will run it.

In the current IT world, there is already
plenty of hardware to choose from!

Sincerely yours,
/s/ Paul Andrew Mitchell
Webmaster, Supreme Law Library

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