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Windows 7: Windows 7 Gets Ready to Leapfrog Windows XP on Desktop

02 Aug 2012   #1
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 
Windows 7 Gets Ready to Leapfrog Windows XP on Desktop

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Windows 7 is two months away from becoming the second newest consumer desktop operating system from Microsoft (it already is, if you count the Windows 8 Release to Manufacturing, or RTM), but will it surpass Windows XP in market share before Windows 8 is made generally available to the public? It's going to be a tight race, but it looks like Windows 7 will jump ahead by the end of August.
Read more at:
Maximum PC | Windows 7 Gets Ready to Leapfrog Windows XP on Desktop


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07 Aug 2012   #2
Dallas 7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

With that kind of success you'd think they'd want to stick with it for a while, but instead they want to replace a young excellent OS (W7) with an experiment designed for smart phones and tablets. Amazing. Microsoft has totally lost it.
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07 Aug 2012   #3
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dallas 7 View Post
With that kind of success you'd think they'd want to stick with it for a while, but instead they want to replace a young excellent OS (W7) with an experiment designed for smart phones and tablets. Amazing. Microsoft has totally lost it.
Not really. I doubt MS really expect the desktop/corporate environment to embrace Windows 8. 7 is going to be the new XP.

Windows 8 is simply an experiment.
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07 Aug 2012   #4
Dallas 7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I wonder how much longer the manufacturers will be able to sell W7 on their new computers? Are they going to cut off W7 as soon as W8 hits the shelves?
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07 Aug 2012   #5
FerchogtX

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit Build 7600 / Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dallas 7 View Post
I wonder how much longer the manufacturers will be able to sell W7 on their new computers? Are they going to cut off W7 as soon as W8 hits the shelves?
They will regret if doing so, Windows 7 is designed for working, as opposed to Windows 8...
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07 Aug 2012   #6
UnknownReverent

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dallas 7 View Post
With that kind of success you'd think they'd want to stick with it for a while, but instead they want to replace a young excellent OS (W7) with an experiment designed for smart phones and tablets. Amazing. Microsoft has totally lost it.
Not really. I doubt MS really expect the desktop/corporate environment to embrace Windows 8. 7 is going to be the new XP.

Windows 8 is simply an experiment.
Windows 8 is pretty much going to be like Vista, I think.
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08 Aug 2012   #7
x BlueRobot

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UnknownReverent View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dallas 7 View Post
With that kind of success you'd think they'd want to stick with it for a while, but instead they want to replace a young excellent OS (W7) with an experiment designed for smart phones and tablets. Amazing. Microsoft has totally lost it.
Not really. I doubt MS really expect the desktop/corporate environment to embrace Windows 8. 7 is going to be the new XP.

Windows 8 is simply an experiment.
Windows 8 is pretty much going to be like Vista, I think.
Yeah agree with you, Windows 7 will be the new XP, and Windows 8 the new Vista. I could not imagine working with an OS designed for tablets and phones on a desktop interface :/ Why do Microsoft feel the need to completely change a interface which has been so successful for so long, and the trend doesn't seem to end any time soon.
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12 Aug 2012   #8
darkdisturbed

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dallas 7 View Post
With that kind of success you'd think they'd want to stick with it for a while, but instead they want to replace a young excellent OS (W7) with an experiment designed for smart phones and tablets. Amazing. Microsoft has totally lost it.
You took the words right out of my mouth.
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12 Aug 2012   #9
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
I've played around with W8 -- while it definitely has some interesting features it gets absurdly difficult to sensibly navigate and organize your workspaces / programs etc - especially if you install large applications like Adobe Master collection Cs5 , Visual studio or even the full office suite.

The navigation system doesn't handle any sort of sensible hierarchical structure like the classic W7 start menu but displays everything as a selection of individual square tiles about 5 deep and as many across as you have applications allowing you to scroll leftwards almost without limit-- however the real bugbear of this is that at install time every single application plus all "the bits and pieces" are stored as tiles so you could get 100's and 100's of these - organising these into a sensible structure for LARGE applications is by no means a simple task and takes a lot of time too.

Note also that these tiles are not stored in any hierarchical level - but just individually as single tiles. What they really need is to have had the tiles to include "sub tiles" so you could for a large application simply drop down the hierarchy like the classic menu.

This will NEVER make it into a large workplace -- most Help desks are overloaded anyway even dealing with quite simple problems - sorting out someone's lost Metro tile out of 450 say for example - so the poor user can't start the application won't be an easy one for the help desks of these organsations to sort out in any shape or form.

I suspect like it did with VISTA that people will simply uninstall W8 and install W7 on their new computers -- this happened with VISTA when XP was often re-installed on new computers that came already installed with VISTA.

Finally a lot of corporate upgrades from XP to W7 are just starting. No way are they going to incur the expense and sheer inconvenience of doing this exercise again anytime soon (W7==>W8).

W8 definitely has possibilities for tablets / mobile applications but for working places using apps like Photoshop -- don't think so some how.

Cheers
jimbo
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20 Aug 2012   #10
M1GU31

Windows 10 64bit Technical Preview
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dallas 7 View Post
With that kind of success you'd think they'd want to stick with it for a while, but instead they want to replace a young excellent OS (W7) with an experiment designed for smart phones and tablets. Amazing. Microsoft has totally lost it.
Not really. I doubt MS really expect the desktop/corporate environment to embrace Windows 8. 7 is going to be the new XP.

Windows 8 is simply an experiment.
My exact thoughts,I will be staying with win 7 until it loses support and programs stop being compatible with windows 7.Hopefully by then Microsoft made a os I actually would like.
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