Windows 7: A Turning Point for Microsoft?

    Windows 7: A Turning Point for Microsoft?

    Posted: 22 Oct 2008
    Windows 7: A Turning Point for Microsoft?
    Written by Lance Ulanoff 10-22-2008

    The now officially named Windows 7 carries the heavy burden of Vista's disappointments. Consumers, business users, and pundits have foisted such high expectations on the currently in development OS's back, that it will be a miracle if the final result satisfies anyone. However, lost amid all the hand-wringing is Microsoft's startling decision to lighten Windows 7's load.

    In a stunning reversal, Microsoft announced that future versions of Windows would no longer feature e-mail, contact management, calendar, photo management, and moviemaking in the initial install. Instead, Microsoft customers will be encouraged to download these apps from Windows Live online services. And although these services are, for now, somewhat underpowered compared with their current in-OS counterparts, there's every expectation that Microsoft will enrich the entire lineup in time for the Windows 7's 2009 or 2010 launch.

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    Brink's Avatar Posted By: Brink
    22 Oct 2008

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    Nice article Shawn thanks
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    It would explain the earlier release date I guess. Plus, most people usually replace the default OS features with better ones anyway.
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    Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.

    It doesn't seem to make sense with Steve Ballmers latest remarks

    "Already now Microsoft has to challenge not only Linux, but also has to consider skyrocketing popularity of Apple Mac OS along with Macintosh computers. In addition, Microsoft is challenged by companies like Google with browsers and online services that offer alternative to Microsoft’s products. Finally, Microsoft needs to address the emerging markets of ultra low-cost personal computers (ULCPCs). To top it off, a new OS may become a door for Microsoft to enter the market of digital media business (like Apple iTunes) as well as advertising."
    It looks at firsthand, like they have every intention of competing with third party products - but maybe we will have to buy them? That will, indeed, be interesting, bearing in mind Microsoft's record of inflated pricing.
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    8 Pro x64

    Brink said:
    Plus, most people usually replace the default OS features with better ones anyway.
    Yep. I haven't even opened half of the MS apps, let alone use them.
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