Windows 7 early promise: passes the Vista test

    Windows 7 early promise: passes the Vista test


    Posted: 28 Oct 2008
    Windows 7 early promise: passes the Vista test

    Safe, solid - exciting?

    PDC Windows Vista is better than its reputation, but its reputation is pretty bad. During the press briefing for Windows 7 at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference (PDC), corporate vice president for Windows product management Mike Nash insisted Microsoft had learned from the Vista experience.

    Judging by early Windows 7 code released at PDC, the signs are that it really has.

    Microsoft is making all the right noises: everything that works on Vista will also work on Windows 7, it will be faster on the same hardware, it will run longer on the same batteries, it will be more reliable.

    In other words, whereas Vista was two steps forward and one step back from Windows XP, there should be no downside to Windows 7 over Windows Vista.

    A day spent with a Windows 7 preview build - Milestone 3, running on a laptop loaned for the purpose (Dell XPS M1339, core duo 4.6GHz, with 3GB RAM) tends to confirm that view. Windows 7 feels more polished than Vista, even in the preview, and performance is good.

    Unfortunately many of the new features in Windows 7 are absent from the build given to the press, presumably because they are not yet stable, so the following quick tour is partly based on first-hand experience, and partly on Microsoft's demos.

    The first thing you notice is the revamped taskbar, with chunky thumbnail icons, full-screen application preview on mouse hover, and "jump lists" - pop-up menus that expose key features directly from the taskbar, provided that the application was coded to support them, and recently opened documents for any application.

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    echrada's Avatar Posted By: echrada
    28 Oct 2008



  1. Posts : 289
    Windows 7 7100 build
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    Well that's cool.

    Should making switching from Vista Ultimate 64 bit to Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit should be problem free :)


    On a side note am I on drugs or is that a miss type with the dell laptop specs? 4.6ghz cpu? Maybe 2.6?
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  2. Posts : 12,364
    8 Pro x64
       #2

    Adamd said:
    On a side note am I on drugs or is that a miss type with the dell laptop specs? 4.6ghz cpu? Maybe 2.6?
    They've either upgraded the stock 2.3 or o/clocked it up the wahzoo :)

    Or it could just be a typo
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