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[News] [Rival] Windopz "7" -- Not This Decade (Vista Or Nothing Until 2010 or Beyond!)

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Windopz "7" -- Not This Decade (Vista Or Nothing Until 2010 or Beyond!)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2007 07:04:01 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Oh. My. God. Vapourware tactics. Again.

Next version of Windows: Call it 7

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft is planning to ship its next major version of Windows--known 
| internally as version "7"--within roughly three years, CNET News.com has 
| learned.  


What happened to the "2008 promise"? Ballmer, are you watching? "2-year release
cycle"? Is Fiji just the Service Pack (i.e. when Vista is no longer alpha

One wonders if the name "7" is an indication of some immaturity. Either way,
such an announcement is surely going to drive _a lot_ of people (and
especially businesses) away to Macs and Linux. It also confirms that the code
is a total mess (see below) and explains why Microsoft attacks Linux so
viciously, even trying to attach itself to it before GPLv3 was finalised.

More here:

Windows Seven: Think 2010

,----[ Quote ]
| Yes, it is going to take us at least three years to release Windows Seven. 
| Longer if it’s buggy and doesn’t hit the “quality bar.” 
| The Windows teams a while back set themselves the goal of releasing new 
| versions of Windows client and Windows server every two years, alternating 
| between major and minor releases.  



More than half of Microsoft Vista needs re-writing 

,----[ Quote ]
| "Up to 60% of the code in the new consumer version of Microsoft new Vista
| operating system is set to be rewritten..."


Microsoft cuts Windows virtualization features

,----[ Quote ]
| The company is changing three key features of the hypervisor
| technology to try to stick to its schedule of releasing the
| technology within 180 days of completing its Windows Server
| "Longhorn" operating system, due to be finalized before the
| end of the year.


,----[ Quote ]
| "In the long years since XP was launched, Apple have come out with five
| major upgrades to OS X, upgrades which (dare I say it?) install with about
| as much effort as it takes to brush your teeth in the morning. No nightmare
| calls to tech-support, no sudden hardware incompatibilities, no hassle. Why
| hasn't Microsoft kept up? Unmaintainable"
| "Right now, Microsoft has nowhere to run, and nowhere to hide. After all 
| the hype surrounding Vista, the Emperor has finally been revealed in all 
| his naked glory. Some folks have been predicting the demise of Microsoft. I
| wouldn't go that far, but I am wondering how we?re ever going to take
| Microsoft seriously again?"


A history of Microsoft Windows - the inside story exposed 

,----[ Quote ]
| 2004: (...)
| THE MANAGEMENT: "What do you mean it still doesn't work? Try
| harder!"
| 2005: (...)
| "MAKE IT WORK! FOR GOD'S SAKE, MAKE IT WORK! Well, throw it away
| and use the server version then, that seems all right. Look, they
| won't know the difference, drop the database stuff, nobody remembers
| what we said in 1995 now! That was ten years ago! "Apple has what?
| 3D acceleration? So, we have DirectX. What, in the desktop? Really?
| What, even Stallman's beardie-weirdies have it? Oh hell. Right, you
| lot, make it look like this!"
| 2006: Windows Vista
| THE MANAGEMENT: "Look, if we trickle it out to those mugs, I mean,
| valued customers who've already paid, we can say we released it this
| year and it'll buy us some more time..."
| 2007: No, really Windows Vista, honest
| MARKETING DEPT: "Never mind the features, look at it! Isn't it shiny?
| Yes! Pretty!" 


Microsoft admits Vista screwed - report 

,----[ Quote ]
| Vista SP1 is code named "Fiji", presumably after a pretty looking
| island which is paralysed by coups.
| In a statement regarding the service pack Microsoft admits that
| Vista has "high impact" problems.


MS Insider: The Office Crew Isn't Smart Enough to Supplant Real Windows

,----[ Quote ]
| "With Alchin retiring, MarkL and MarkZ, two of the most talented
| architects in MS already having left, the picture gets really
| ugly for the Windows division," my friend claimed, and the BV's
| core team members, Ian McDonald, Jack Mayo, Todd Wanke, Clyde
| Rodriguez and others are starting to connect the dots.
| [...]
| He concluded ominously. "A trainwreck of biblical proportions looms.
| Pick a good seat on the sidelines, trainwrecks this large take
| awhile to complete. Vista may be the last MS OS for some time to
| come, especially if Cutler decides to play hardball."


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