Windows 7 grabs users' attention - some of it unwanted

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Early feedback from AccountingWEB members suggests that Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system release will redress some of the disappiontments of its predessor, Vista. Jon Wilcox presents a sample of their views.

Microsoft has finally confirmed that, as expected, Windows 7 will arrive in 2009 - in time to give the PC industry a Yuletide lift.

The announcement of the pre-festive launch was made at Microsofts TechEd 2009 conference in Los Angeles, and came within a couple of weeks of the company releasing the operating systems Release Candidate to the public. A Release Candidate is the final version of a product before it goes on sale.

When the Redmond-based corporation f...

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By Anonymous
21st May 2009 14:56

In an ideal world people would vote with their wallets, but...

You wrote:
"Really the message to M$ is they need to realise the impact of their actions on the everyone else and not simply use customers as a 'cash cow' - otherwise people will vote with their wallets."

Unfortunately this will never happen until real alternatives are available and as it stands there isn't any at the moment (the current state of the market seems to suggest so). GNU/Linux is severely lacking the support from hardware vendors and depth of software that Windows has, and Apple Mac's are an expensive niche product which while it has an improved range of software over GNU/Linux, it still can not compete with Windows on that level.

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20th May 2009 18:11

End of operating systems?
See this article

I think Microsoft should produce a new version of Windows much less fequently; about every 10 years; with updates in between.

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By Anonymous
19th May 2009 11:27

More ground breaking but less frequently .......

Agree with you to a large extent, however, M$ are in danger of alienating some of their customer base; especially as the original message with Win 7 was that the only upgrade path was from Vista (now changed)

Just taking one product for example the Visual Studio NET family:VS 2000VS 2003VS 2005VS 2008VS 2010

This seems to indicate a 2 year cycle and with each version generally comes a new SQL Server Db and changes to the way things are implemented; furthermore certain M$ routines etc become unsupported or done away with (dumped) or calls changed

The cost & overheads of supporting all these versions of the same thing are enormous and with each release the ideal scenario is to recompile any development code under the new version. Suppose one has 50k lines of code (or even 1million lines) this inevitably this introduces potential errors into stable systems & results in an absurd costly ongoing test program

So every time M$ does something the rest of the world pays very heavily. M$ bang on about standards but they only really refer to M$ standards and not universal ones. When M$ change their mind everyone else has to come into line and to fork out - just look at the additional training for the latest version of Office where everything has changed

Really the message to M$ is they need to realise the impact of their actions on the everyone else and not simply use customers as a 'cash cow' - otherwise people will vote with their wallets

What we don't need to see is Windows 8/9/10 being beta'd at 2/3 year intervals - just to keep these guys in business

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By Anonymous
19th May 2009 10:21

RC 7 been stable for me thus far
I have to say, Windows 7 RC has been a pleasant surprise for me (this is coming from what was pretty much a Linux user at home). It has been very stable, there's the odd glitch but nothing distracting or deal breaking. All of the software and hardware drivers I have thrown at it have worked.

Despite being bloated compared to the XP install on the same machine (A four year old Athlon 64 3200+ with 2GB DDR RAM, nothing special you will no doubt agree), 7 runs faster and is more stable.

Who is to blame here? Microsoft for pursuing capitalism (ignoring their rise to power, that's pretty much history now) over moral ideals in a largely capitalist society; or our governments for failing to adequately control and monitor the monopoly, making up for the lack of regulation by competitive market forces?

For a couple of years I have held high disregard for Microsoft for it's shoddy business practice and business tactics. However, I have recently reconsidered my opinion, they are pretty much doing what most us would do. They are taking on opportunities by playing on their strengths for their (i.e. shareholders and internal stakeholders) own interests with little opposition. As long as Microsoft does not fear regulation (either from product markets or government) it will be business as usual, in my opinion it is government weakness that allowed the monopoly to get where it is and continue to do what it is doing.

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By Anonymous
18th May 2009 08:36

M$ advise - dump the Vista white elephant ...
Vista - another 'White Elephant' from M$ (aka ME)

So M$ is advising companies to dump any future plans on rolling out Vista and instead move to Windows 7 - how long has Vista been out ?? See: Microsoft, analysts tell companies to kill Vista plans.

Once again M$ customers have been taken for a ride over one of their products (Vista) which they were pretty much railroaded into taking (loaded onto new pc's etc); as public reaction anticipated this was not a good product.

The question therefore has to be - what is M$ going to do to recompense all those who were needlessly forced into taking Vista and the subsequent costs of moving to Win 7 . The cost to business over this product has been immense - and all to swell the M$ coffers

Why not a refund of software costs (not ancilliary training, support etc) associated with Vista?

Quite frankly M$ (and others) need to stop bolstering their cash flow by making needless version etc releases every few years and concentrate on an x year cycle of real value new products.

Nothing is ever given the time to stabilise and bearing in mind the instant Service Pack route it seem to be acceptable to release unfit products and then pick up the pieces with monthly patches etc - entirely unacceptable

M$ should call a halt to all new products until they no longer need to have patches on their existing ones - this would give them a 'reality check' and concentrate everyones minds on getting the innital releases right in the first place and 'fit for purpose'

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