Originally Posted by 47 Knucklehead
Maybe it's time for Microsoft to do a 100% from scratch re-write of the next version of "Windows", not just keep using the NT core regardless of if it is Vista, 7, 8, or 8.1 (which is 99.9% all the same and just basically a Service Pack of each other).
Maybe then, with a total re-write, they can do it right and throw away code that is decades old and actually make a non-bloated OS that is better than Linux in ways other than just cornering the market on DirectX support.
Mr. Sulu, set flame shields to max!
Well, the last time they did rewrite big parts of the kernel with Windows Vista, they took a loooong time - which is why Windows XP is still so very widely used today - because of its sheer persistence in the store shelves and general availability to companies - and they came up with an OS that was slower and used more resources - which forced them to make Windows XP available for even more time, as Windows Vista ran like a dog on Netbooks, then they spent the year after that patching things up like file copy operations that were slower, if I'm not mistaken network connections were also slower at release, etc. I think this article actually sheds some light as to why it turned out so.
Also, some parts of the article remind me of the Microsoft from the 90's - but in a good way, that is, what they were then and aren't now. Do you remember Power Toys ? That was a set of utilities that was made available free of charge for Windows 95, made by Microsoft engineers - you had no guarantee that they would work adequately, but you had the assurance they had made their best, and after all, Microsoft was promoting them on its site - a boon for innovation and giving your employees a bit of freedom to be creative. To this day I still remember a few of those Power Toys - one of them allowed you to change the resolution without rebooting (seems ridiculous now, doesn't it ? But back then you actually had to reboot whenever you wanted to change the resolution), the other allowed you to open cabinet files like ordinary folders, and another that allowed you to start a command prompt from any folder, and the Send To X shell extensions, plus many more. Many of the ones I mentioned were later incorporated with the next release of Windows, so it was a largely successful idea.
Guess what ? They made Power Toys for Windows 95 and then for Windows XP (some of those ideas were also incorporated in the next version of Windows), then they ceased to do them when Windows Vista was released. Taking this into account, together with was was written in that post, I fully understand why Microsoft is so out of touch with what should make a team eager to improve its product and instead more focused on what brings immediate money. Unfortunately that is a strategy that does not work well in the long term and they are finding about it now.Edited by tpi2007 - 5/11/13 at 7:15pm