WINDOWS 7, AKA Me II SP1a, is going to disappoint, it is simply a warmed over Vista with shatteringly few new features. There is one new bullet point on the spec list seen by The INQUIRER, and that is the return of a real GDI.
If you recall, Vista promised three main pillars, middleware, a DB-based file system and a presentation layer. We won't bring up being written in managed code and a real shell, those weren't pillars, just main features. In typical MS fashion, they delivered on .5/3. It was slow and a resource hog, but luckily it drained laptop batteries about 15 per cent faster than XP.
The welcome Vista has received is likely due to the fact that the entire list of upsides is 'it looks pretty', while the downsides include shattering incompatibility, security theatre that annoys users enough to turn off the security, utter lack of speed, DRM infestation, inbuilt malware, remote kill switches, rights-robbing 'genuine advantages', and resource hogging in ways not seen since Caligula. Did I mention it was pretty?
In grand fashion, MS is once again doing the wrong thing with Windows 7 and not delivering on much of what it promised for the last version. The 'new' program delivers one thing, a new GDI. Yes, you can extend the 'power' of pretty to all the apps on your desktop, with 3D widgets and the like, but it will also likely break compatibility with older apps.
Yeah, isn't that a great choice, you can write two versions so that the 95 per cent of your audience that doesn't have 7 can use your stuff, or you can just ignore the new features and have things work right for the vast majority. Yes, that is the extent of the 'new', extending pretty to apps. Pillar three complete after two tries. Don't ask us about one and two, maybe they will hit slides in 2014.
In the end, it looks like 7 is going to be more Windows dressing, little to no substance, and tidbits based on a malware-infested and rights-removing rotten core. MS can hold it's head high and proudly proclaim that it shamelessly copied Apple far quicker this time around. And for them, that is real progress. µ
We should be shocked, but...
But the search giant has now squashed the bug
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