How to Improve Windows 7
Article by George Norman
On 28 Oct 2008
We've already seen Windows Azure debut at the Professional Developers Convention in LA, which means that it is now time to get a closer look at Windows 7. Literally thousands of journalists are currently going over Microsoft's new operating system, getting snapshots and trying to figure out what the software lacks and what new features it brings to the table.

While we may not yet have a complete and detailed picture of what Windows 7 has to offer, the simple truth of the matter is that a Vista-like fiasco must be avoided in the future, and the only way to do that is to follow a few suggestions and make this new Windows-based OS better.

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The first issue is speed – on the same hardware configuration Windows XP will always work faster than Vista, so it stands to reason that Windows 7 will run even slower. Even if you turn off all the eye candy features that eat up resources, Vista will not run any faster. If Windows 7 is to be better than its predecessors then it has to run fast regardless of the hardware configuration, and it has to do so in a stable manner.

The second issue is software compatibility – Windows 7 must work seamlessly with other software programs. The compatibility issue also extends to the type of processor you use (32-bit or 64-bit). Most software programs are written in 32-bit code while the number of systems running 64-bit processors is on the rise.

The third issue is price – Windows-based operating systems have historically been rather expensive. Although Microsoft has not yet announced a price for the upcoming Windows 7, we can expect it to be rather costly. For Windows 7 to be successful it needs to beat the competition, mainly Apple and its Mac OS X. The market trend sees a significant increase in cheap system sales. All those people will be put off by an expensive Windows OS and will either turn to cheaper alternatives or will use pirated versions of Microsoft software.

The fourth issue relates to how many versions of Windows 7 will be released on the market. There are two versions of XP (Home and Professional) and four versions of Vista (Home Basic, Home Premium, Business and Ultimate). With Windows 7 Microsoft must go back to the basics and release just one software version.

Let's wrap this up! What does Windows 7 need to do in order to be better and more successful than other operating systems? It needs to run fast, it must be compatible, and purchasing it must not cost you an arm and a leg.



Tags: Microsoft, Windows, Windows 7
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