Originally Posted by steelbom
Mmm, no. By that method of thinking, Windows 7 and Vista were also service packs. You might reply saying that they had under-the-hood changes, and of course that is true, but did Microsoft list those? Or did they just give you the top ten new features which are almost all UI or similarly related.
I was going to add this in, but thought you'd already be responding and miss it. This is what has been said long before its released. Windows 7, to its core, is merely an efficient code refresh of what Vista was suppose to be. Releasing it as a new OS was more geared towards the ignorant mass who considered Vista a failure rather then have Microsoft attempt to fix a broken record.
Heck, Vista nearly
features EVERYTHING that 7 has. Vista drivers, for the most part, were compatible in Windows 7 beta.
The DX11 update to Crysis 2 was just that, an update. It made small changes to a small part of the game, but we're talking about changes to the entire OS. Improvements on all fronts.
Actually, DX11 is an entirely new API, that although builds on certain features from DX10, it also consists of completely different rendering techniques down to its core. DX11 also requires hardware changes that go beyond that of software.
Multli-touch, extra buttons, application resizing, "Windows Equivalent" back up/system restore, are not OS changing features. These are existing features that have been updated. Heck, Windows did not need to make an entirely new OS when multi-touch came to the laptop mass. Looks like Apple sure did even though it existed in snow leopard.
Lion is merely a service pack. Much like Windows Vista to 7, much like Crysis 2 to its new API, just like game "expansion" packs, etc. There is no major redesign of the OS at its core.
SO anyways, when we consider this, I think you need to consider the adoption rate of Windows Service packs, which would be much greater in number then Lion adoption rates.Edited by Domino - 10/4/11 at 3:46pm