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familyman   11/25/2009 6:17:24 PM
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My desired feature: support for better family interaction. Families watch TV together because it is an activity they can do TOGETHER. In contrast web-surfing is, in most cases, an inherently individual activity. We need to replace the TV with more computer-related activities. We need and OS with both device and networking support for these activities (with consumer-friendly licensing agreements). Imagine the family TV room replaced with a multi-computer multi-display round-table connected through a shared desktop. What could consumer software and electronics companies do with such a framework? The consequence to answering this question is selling not just one computer per household every few years, but several (one or more for each family member). Now that would be a sexy, high-growth industry.

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DH123   10/26/2009 8:49:46 PM
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Better Realtime performance than WinXP. No program can hang the computer (especially when waiting for an Internet response) for more than an exact settable amount of time, e.g., 0.1-1sec, unless explicitly authorized to do so.

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rick merritt   10/26/2009 4:54:23 PM
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One of the interesting new bits in Win7 is the DirectCompute part of DirectX 11, the Windows media APIs. Anyone have any hands on feedback of that?

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Schatzy   10/26/2009 3:38:34 PM
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I ran the upgrade compatibility program and found a few things troubling for my Windows XP Media Center machine: I understand that there is no Outlook program included with Windows 7. I guess that I will need to go to Google Chrome for that? I want my E-mails.... Also, the drivers need to be recreated for the peripheral components that I have been using for a long time. I know that my Canon multi-function printer that is on my network will never have a new driver written for it since it is 4 years old. I do not wish to replace my printer! There is no support for my video card. Since there was a requirement for the media center machines to have compatible hardware- according to Microsoft, I would suppose that they should have made a compatible software interface for the media center requirements in the Windows 7 environment. I guess that my Vista computer would have the advantage of the Windows 7 upgrade. I have not run the compatibility wizard on it yet. It has stability problems and is only about 2 months old. It is used for network access and is a business machine. I strongly recommend that anybody that is curious about upgrading to Windows 7 to run the compatibility wizard from Microsoft's website. There is a lot to learn from it....

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Jonathan.Kang   10/26/2009 12:39:32 PM
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There really were no compelling features to move me to Win7. I didn't want to go to Vista because of compatibility issues and the fact that I like XP. Unfortunately, I'm reaching the upper bound of addressable memory and XP64 is....buggy. So it would seem Win7 is the upgrade path I can't avoid now. Hopefully, it'll be more like XP and less like Vista. As for features, pipe-dream list: 1. Relational file system, ZFS or MS's own. 2. Please please please allow more control over random services that "optimize" while I'm idle. 3. An actual command line interface; A useful one. 4. Better support for spanning multiple drives. To this day, I still can't move my temp applications data folder from my C drive (SSD, I'd like to reduce writes to it) to another location without applications breaking for some odd reason.

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stixoffire   10/24/2009 4:35:53 PM
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Microsoft has never been an innovator - they have always been a grabber of others technology and marketing it as if they developed the idea. Good Marketing. Vista was and still is horrible. Paying for a BAD product - is REASON to complain. I expect to get what I pay for regardless of JamesAndersonMerritt statements of every other one - I really do not give a hoot how hard it is to do something or what path of progression or how you need to do it; if you ask me to purchase something you have manufactured - I expect to get what I payed for and anything less than that is TRASH and a waste of MY time and MY money, and I have a RIGHT to complain about it and to demand what I payed for!! The real winners in Business are those who aren't telling me about the difficulties of their business problems but those who are providing the products and services that they have promised whether through advertising or other means!! I am sick of BAD service and BAD products, take your excuses elsewhere. If you advertise a car that is reliable and fun to drive - IT BETTER BE, and if it is NOT - I do not want to hear the engineering was difficult, the cash flow for R and D was not there or any other comment about your problems to deliver what you said you were going to deliver!! I don't care if the CHEF put the sugar in the salt container because you have no system in place to make sure that does not happen. Is that Clear Enough.

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Pryderi   10/23/2009 10:52:14 PM
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Given the general dissatisfaction with Vista and the aging XP code base, Microsoft did what it needed to do for now: deliver a more modern OS that is also reliable, more secure than XP, and less of a resource hog than Vista. (The Vista service pack and patches already did a lot of this but by the time they were available the brand was already fatally damaged.) It would be nice to see some more substantial OS innovation from Redmond but this was not the time for it; they needed to repair the Windows brand first.

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rick merritt   10/23/2009 8:56:51 PM
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Support for ARM would be nice if they want to play a full role in the evolution of netbooks.

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Captain Crunch   10/23/2009 8:18:14 PM
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If indeed they really did produce a "W2k-reliable" super legacy-compatible, straightforward, no-nonsense operating system then they are finally on the right course. This is and always has been Microsft's only real role in the industry - compatibility. Fruitcakes that need a tingle from their operating systems and those at MS that tried to win their hearts caused $Billions in problems worldwide. If there were any real alternatives, MS would be toast by now.

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JamesAndersonMerritt   10/23/2009 8:11:34 PM
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One thing the author didn't mention was the "every-other-one" phenomenon. Basically, software producers, including OS providers, will put out a "features release" and then a "solid release" that fixes the bugs of the previous one, while introducing a small, but carefully selected suite of new features that is just large enough to justify a healthy version number bump and upgrade campaign. XP stabilized the previous version of Windows. Windows 7 stabilizes Vista, and so forth. If you want new, whiz-bang features AND stability, too, you will need to wait for SP2 of Windows EIGHT at the earliest -- perhaps SP1 of windows NINE. What you have now is the "good" version of Vista. Microsoft isn't doing anything that it and hundreds of other manufacturers and software houses haven't already been doing for a couple of decades. They're just following the natural developmental progression. To complain because we are in the "solid system" phase of that cycle is to have unforgiving and even unrealistic expectations, I think. And believe me, I am no defender of Microsoft. This is just how software -- especially SYSTEM software -- is done. Apple, in particular, has followed this pattern for years. The open source products tend to evolve when they have critical mass, but even some of the larger and more popular of them have settled into a pattern of "features release" followed by "stability release." By all means, though, let's talk about features we would like to see in the next "exciting" release of Windows.

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