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Windows 7

Recently I lauded the new name in my post, Windows 7? Right on!  I led that post with

First of all let me say that I’m not that excited about the “Windows” part of Windows 7.  I’m sure that will change when I see it later this month at the PDC.

A Microsoft guy not involved with the Windows team emailed me to tell me that his experience with Windows 7 is that it performs dramatically better.

That got me interested.  And now I’ve seen it at PDC2008.  Am I excited?

Well, not really.  With Windows Vista I allowed my love for shiny new objects to drive some of my decisions.  Windows 7 does have plenty of new — and cool — features.  Some that struck me:  some real improvements in Windows management (finally), create and mount VHDs, bitlocker on thumb drives, boot from VHDs, better multi-monitor and high DPI support, multi-monitor remote desktop,

These are all good things that make Windows better, but what I really care about is that it perform better and that the features can be used without killing performance.  To this end, they have worked on reducing Windows memory footprint, reduced disk I/O for indexing, better power management, increase boot speed, device readiness and responsiveness

If Windows 7 enhances my productivity through performance and stability, then I can get excited.

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    Karoli wrote @ October 28th, 2008 at 10:09 am

My experience with MS and Windows for personal use has been that every other release is better. Windows 95 was nice, Windows ME a disaster, Windows XP has been great, Vista I’m avoiding like the plague. If Windows 7 makes much-needed improvements and updates without taking a perfectly good CPU and turning it to sludge, I’m all for it.

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