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#16 Steeley

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 23:12

I still think it's too soon for Windows 8.

I disagree. I'm all for evolution in less major releases than full on revolutions like Vista. But I do appreciate that you know the difference between 'to' and 'too'.


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Posted 04 February 2010 - 02:42

Yep I agree.




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Posted 04 February 2010 - 03:33

Are they doing away with 32-bit support in windows 8?

I thought I heard something about it in a discussion here before but probably not.

But I think they should. it may promote the need to make more 64-bit software. (obviously still have support for 32-bit apps in windows 8.

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 03:40

This is not to fast. This is right on track with Microsoft's goals. They want windows to become a subscription service just like anti virus programs. This is the start they want to do a 2 year roll out between OS's and then eventually a pay service. This has been discussed on this site before. This short time frame is not a big surprise.


well unless i can get some sorta hack to get around the subscription service.... hello linux

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 05:02

This is not to fast. This is right on track with Microsoft's goals. They want windows to become a subscription service just like anti virus programs. This is the start they want to do a 2 year roll out between OS's and then eventually a pay service. This has been discussed on this site before. This short time frame is not a big surprise.

I know it's been discussed before, but the day I have to pay a subscription fee for an operating system is the day I no longer have a PC in my house.

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 05:21

I know it's been discussed before, but the day I have to pay a subscription fee for an operating system is the day I no longer have a PC in my house.



Imo they sync it up with the US presidential election cycle.

That way OS's will become like parties...except you know...Microsoft always ends up winning.

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 12:34

Depends what it offers though I can't see myself buying it or needing it. Windows 7 offered substantial performance improvements and I doubt Windows 8 will be value for money.

#23 Petvas

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 16:25

we know nothing about Windows 8, so I would suggest that we wait before we form an opinion.

#24 Motoko.

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 17:39

we know nothing about Windows 8, so I would suggest that we wait before we form an opinion.

True, especially since this is touted as a "major release". I can safely assume they're replacing even more code left untouched in Win7 with more efficient modules. Truth be told the future turned out allot better than Longhorn had in mind, especially with the lower prices of Intel and Micron's 22nm SSDs. I've been waiting to replace my computer since it's almost 4 years of age so I can certainly wait another year.

I'm really excited for USB 3.0, SATA III,SSDs and lower costing BR Drives.

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 17:45

I think they should roll out major upgrades every 5 years, else some business will just stay on vista. And anything major should just be addressed via SPs...

#26 Motoko.

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 17:49

I think they should roll out major upgrades every 5 years, else some business will just stay on vista. And anything major should just be addressed via SPs...

That's not the nature of how silicon valley roles. You would hinder all future hardware progressions by keeping people on outdated software which is something SPs can't address. Besides I loved Vista and Windows 7 so I enjoy new OS releases, I attend promotional events and that's how I get a license for each new Windows release. If your OS runs fine then there shouldn't be a need to upgrade unless you're replacing the entire unit.

Just my $0.02

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 18:13

I think they should roll out major upgrades every 5 years, else some business will just stay on vista. And anything major should just be addressed via SPs...

Nope, that leads to stagnation. Look at all the crybabies that emerged after Vista came out.

Whaaaa, security is annoying. What's the UAC stuff?
Whaaaa, the window borders are too big.
Whaaaa, I hate the search since I'm too stupid to learn how to use it effectively.
Whaaaa, the GPU-accelerated UI is slow on my 433 Megahurtz processor.

Faster releases mean that new features can be introduced more gradually.

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 20:17

True, especially since this is touted as a "major release". I can safely assume they're replacing even more code left untouched in Win7 with more efficient modules. Truth be told the future turned out allot better than Longhorn had in mind, especially with the lower prices of Intel and Micron's 22nm SSDs. I've been waiting to replace my computer since it's almost 4 years of age so I can certainly wait another year.

I'm really excited for USB 3.0, SATA III,SSDs and lower costing BR Drives.


There is no major releases anymore. They already said that. It's just the next release of Windows, Windows 8. After that, Windows 9. I like the idea, if they can bring out an OS that introduces new features that replace the old like for example, in Windows 7, the taskbar was replaced with the superbar. Now, the start menu is like the superbar, great feature, just needs refreshed like the taskbar was. The old icon from Windows Vista, the same old start menu, it can all look 3D in Windows 8. Sort of like how it shines now, imagine a more colorful start menu icon that fits the superbar that when clicked, flips open, and is more productive, like recent searches, and new multi-touch gestures that allow you to get to a recently searched and opened app quicker. This would complete the superbar and make it super-efficient. The glass can be refined too, with mini-windows, a window that opens on top of another window and takes the attention away from the app it lays on top of, and can feature thin-glass borders that glow, and because it is a mini-window, it cannot move so no worry for multi-touch. The gadget system can be improved with Silverlight, and replace the desktop altogether. Anything on the Desktop is stored in the Desktop folder, so gadgets would be in that folder, and any shortcuts in there or your own files, would be docked to the desktop like gadgets are. This would allow a cleaner desktop, a clean superbar, and continue innovating multi-touch gestures. :yes:

#29 Motoko.

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Posted 05 February 2010 - 02:29

Did they even say anything?

Sure this slide is Server but even Vista's Kernal was replaced with 2K8

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Posted 05 February 2010 - 20:15

I still won't buy it - Windows 7 is stable and efficient enough it is evolving into the next "Windows XP" and be the "workhorse OS" for the next decade IMHO. MS is crazy to use a 2 or 3 year product life cycle for OSs - businesses CANNOT maintain that pace and home users will tend to use the same OS at home and work - if it does fine at the office why do I need something "newer, faster, shinier" at the house?


There is no reason they have to upgrade, there is no reason MS should wait until "everyone" is "ready" before releasing an OS, if they have good product they should release it, it's not going to help pay for costs when it is just stashed away. Most businesses will not buy a new OS anyways unless A) it is been fully tested which usually means it has been released for at least a year B) they run an application that will require the new OS. The sooner the OS is released, the sooner it will be included on new PCs to gain popularity, the sooner it can be fully tested, the sooner devs will start developing applications for it, the sooner businesses will feel the need to upgrade. A 2-3 year release cycle turns in to a 5+ year implementation cycle for businesses.