Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Windows 7 is just Vista with lipstick

It's not easy being Microsoft these days, with the glorious days of its most successful OS: Windows XP is entering into 'obselete' category, Microsoft is still trying to revive Vista to live up as the next successor while completing Windows 7 into perfection.

We know Microsoft is pushing the money to promote Vista, and doing plenty of lip-services on how slim & fast is the new Windows 7 will be.

But no matter how sweet the words are, no matter how much money poured in for advertising, and no matter how mighty Microsoft's PR (Public Relations) is to influence the blogoshpere; they all can't cover up how stinky it really is the hard-to-swallow truth: Windows 7 is Windows Vista, just minus the bloated drivers & unnecessary plug-ins.

At long last, someone from a respected technology website, who has tested himself the pre-beta version of Windows 7, has spoken the truth about the much hyped young heir to Windows crown. I'll cut to the chase and quote directly from Randall C. Kennedy at InfoWorld (via PC World):

"Bottom line: So far, Windows 7 looks, behaves, and performs almost exactly like Windows Vista. ... In other words, Microsoft's follow-up to its most unpopular OS release since Windows Me threatens to deliver zero measurable performance benefits while introducing new and potentially crippling compatibility issues."

Randall doesn't just speak up his mind without any bases, in fact he has done some thorough tests & benchmarking on the pre-beta Windows 7; including the kernell where the most fundamental changes should've take place. But like he said: "The more I dug into Windows 7, the more I became convinced that I was dealing with an OS that was a slightly tweaked, nearly baked revision of Windows Vista."

Even the promised speed to be present in the new trimmed Windows 7 is nowhere to be seen yet, Randall's verdict after observed the few minor kernell tweak variations during comparive tests is: "...they certainly don't indicate a significant performance overhaul. ... From a raw throughput perspective, Windows 7 promises to perform as poorly as its predecessor. "Pre-beta" notwithstanding, the reality is that any hope for closing of the performance gap with Windows XP is unlikely to materialize in Windows 7."

All in all, I couldn't say it better than what Randall is saying on what Microsoft is really doing with Windows 7 under the polished hood: "Lipstick on the Pig." And unfortunately, what really makes me sad is not only for having the next gen Windows 7 to be just as the same as Vista wearing lipstick; but also because "Microsoft still doesn't get it."

[blogged with my Treo 750v]

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