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Windows 7: Windows 8 Will Take on Mac OS X Lion

22 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1 (Build 6.1.7601)
Windows 8 Will Take on Mac OS X Lion

With the next version of Mac OS X Apple is blurring the line between the platform for actual Mac computers and iPads, and Microsoft is looking to do the same with the next major iteration of Windows when it comes down to PCs and slates.

Apple has shared the first details on Mac OS X Lion, the successor of Snow Leopard, which will feature the power of Mac OS X and the magic of iPad, according to the company.

The main enhancements that Apple choose to highlight for Mac OS X Lion are related to the graphical user interface which borrowed elements from the iPad UI, and also applications, even an App Store: namely full-screen apps, Launchpad and the the Mac App Store.

Mac OS X Lion is planned for availability in the summer of the coming year.

“We took our best thinking from Mac OS X and brought it to the iPhone. Then we took our best thinking from the iPhone and brought it to iPad,” apple said.

“And now we’re bringing it all back to the Mac with our eighth major release of the world’s most advanced operating system. Mac OS X Lion arrives in summer 2011. Here’s a sneak peek at just a few of its features.”

Microsoft is currently building the successor of Windows 7, although it is less talkative about Windows 8, or the next versions of Windows (Windows vNext) as the company likes to refer to the forthcoming release.

Although Windows 8 is pegged for launch sometime in 2012, a detail that remains unconfirmed by Microsoft, it will be the Windows vNext to take on Mac OS X Lion.

Given the array of issues that plagues Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Windows 7 had no real competition from Apple.

But the Cupertino-based company is bound to have learned its lesson, and also to build a better meow for its upcoming cat.

The Redmond giant is working to up the ante, and deliver an OS that’s superior to Windows 7, which is not going to be an easy task by any measure.

In his recent visit to Europe, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer made it clear that Microsoft will tailor Windows 8 to slates.

Adapting Windows 8 to Tablet PCs will need to have a new Shell for the operating system, one that is designed for multi-touch, one key detail that’s missing from Windows 7.

In addition, leaked documentation supposedly from Microsoft, indicates that a Windows Store will accompany the next iteration of Windows to the market. (via MSFTKitchen)

Have a look at the images included below in order to get an idea of what the company wants to deliver with its Windows Store for Windows 8.
Source: Windows 8 Will Take on Mac OS X Lion - Softpedia

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22 Oct 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit, Windows Developer Preview, Linux Mint 9 Gnome 32 Bit

I am interested about Windows 8 but lets admit to ourselves that most normal users won't have to worry about that. Most of us are still enjoying and even learning Windows 7 at this point.

And Apple's new cat is months away and Windows vNext is still 2 years away. Still a lot of things could happen before that time comes.
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22 Oct 2010   #3

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11

As a Mac user I really see nothing great thus far about OS X Lion. There will not be a great deal of change in the GUI or anything else for that matter. The Mac App Store for Lion just doesn't do a thing for me (no big deal).

But, I am looking forward to Windows 8 (or whatever it will be called). By the time it is released 7 will be three years with a possibility of four years old. Thus there may be some very significant changes in the GUI, and other major portions of the OS.

As far as the Mac OS there isn't really going to be a great deal of change until we see Mac XI.
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24 Oct 2010   #4

7 x64/ Back-Track 4

Mac OS Lion or whatever it's called is a joke. It just brings the features of iOS(the OS on iPhone/iPod Touch) "back to the Mac". But its horrible. Again, no offense to Apple, but it really doesn't introduce much more. It has like.. Face Time for Lion, and yea...
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24 Oct 2010   #5

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11

DarkDevil, please do not take this wrong, however, what do you base your opinion on?:)
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02 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 premium 64 bit

He is basing his opinion on the information given out by Apple concerning the Lion OSX. Go to the Apple website to check it out, and then go to a Mac forum to hear what Mac users have to say. Ninety percent share his opinion. I am a Windows, and Snow leopard user. I would not have returned to windows without 7, and I will not upgrade to Lion. Though Lion will offer more features not yet revealed, these updates are pointless and are strictly for marketing purposes to pull in users of iphones and ipads (possibly yourself) These features actually complicated and add steps, for the sole purpose of bringing in a larger share of the commercial market. His "opinion" has a very solid foundation.
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03 Jan 2011   #7

Windows 7 premium 64 bit
Wait Lee?

Why did you ask him that? He basically said the same thing as you, but with less words and eloquence?
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03 Jan 2011   #8

Windows 8 Professional 64-bit

I really hope Microsoft does well with Windows 8. I think we all have high expectations with the "vNext" version of Windows.
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04 Jan 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Crispy View Post
Apple has shared the first details on Mac OS X Lion, the successor of Snow Leopard, which will feature the power of Mac OS X and the magic of iPad, according to the company.
Source: Windows 8 Will Take on Mac OS X Lion - Softpedia
As an iPad owner, I must say, there is nothing magical about it. The screen itself is great, that's true, but everything else is actually rather poor. For starters, one can't even use the thing without another computer, since when you unpack it for the first time it actually asks for iTunes and won't work until you connect and sync it.
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04 Jan 2011   #10

Windows 7

Read the related articles. I fail to see any advantage in the Lion touted feature of "full screen apps." Like, you can't already go full screen anytime you desire?

I think Jeigh is right, Apple does occasionally come out with a "new OS" which is merely a cosmetic recast of the old OS.

My understanding of Snow Leopard is the it was a minor improvement over Leopard.

Win 8 looks a bit more interesting and as Lee said, it will time for a new version by the time it goes to beta-hope they do the same release process they did for 7 so that we will get to run it before it goes RTM.
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