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I'd rather see something from the horse's mouth, but whatever...
To be honest reading about some more I think I was wrong when i said "Windows 7 is a minor release". It was, originally, intended to be a minor release but since I think they've changed it to a major release. I'll go back and edit my posts accordingly.

See http://windows7news.com/2008/03/16/u...windows-7-faq/ and http://www.winsupersite.com/faq/windows_7.asp for more.
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That's right. Backwards compatibility is the ONLY reason windows is still alive. Ease of use goes to Mac, power goes to Linux. Compatibility is the only thing windows has going for itself.

Edit: I realize "ONLY" makes it a sweeping general statement. But you get the idea - the "main" reason.
IMO Windows is also the most user friendly. But that is likely because I've been using it for about 15 years. Compatibility is the major reason Windows succeeds, I agree. But part of that is because of the wide range of hardware and software it supports, whereas Apple severly limits what can and cannot by used with its hardware, which in turn limits which software can run on it. e.g. <insert your newest hardcore FPS here>
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Heres something I can guarantee, they will not go subscription. I'm also gettin pretty tired of you guys talking like revolutionaries about how some company is out to get you. MS is just like every other company, apple does the same thing MS does.
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i like this idea.. doesnt windows xp support 8-16 bit applications still? removing that from "the core" could gain overhead performance if done to all kinds of things.... i like this idea. not needing to support dx7-10/etc would make things "smoother" i think. i actually prefer this method as well!
    
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I hope they use a UNIX kernel or something.. rebuild it

People complain that Vista is bloated yet they'd bit** till the cows came home if MS fixed it (cut the ridiculous 800 year old program that just HAS to be supported)

They'd no doubt have a XP/vista virtualizer.. now games would run like crap in a virtualization layer, but in 2010 when octo-cores are the high end standard i doubt it would be a problem.

Only time will tell, so dont fly off the handle when this is just a rumor.
    
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Battlefield 3, hopefully it won't be as much of a mess as BF2!
Thank you. I thought I was buried.
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Vista was a major OS release. Windows 7 will be an interim release, like a sort of stepping stone between Vista and the next major OS form Microsoft. See: http://www.overclock.net/software-ne...ml#post3674204

It's also rumoured that Windows 7 will be a subscription-based OS, so I don't think as many people will be jumping from XP to 7 as you think.
ACTUALLY, I heard that Vista was the intermediate release, and that Windows 7 is actually the next major release.
    
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ACTUALLY, I heard that Vista was the intermediate release, and that Windows 7 is actually the next major release.
In reality, Vista was a major release - they are just skipping the intermediate release based upon Vista and heading right on to 7 it seems. (As much as I hate to make the comparison, similar to what happened with ME - though I don't think this one is because Vista is a flop, but simply because it was not as revolutionary as it was promised to be)
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Wow, you are far off on this one Vulcan. Usually your cold, hard intellect is dead on.

In my company, we use 50 some odd custom desktop apps which have no competitors and haven't been upgraded in 10,000 years by the vendors due to the lack of competition. So, if M$ were to pull the plug on backward compatibility we would be screwed...royally. And it would have nothing to do with us "fearing change" as you put it.
Yes, I recognize that that situation exists. However, I completely discount its importance these days given what fifty people so far have already mentioned: virtualization. That's why I didn't mention it. If we were having this conversation two years ago, I definitely would have brought it up. But now, if your company really, really, really, really, really thinks it needs to keep running some apps that won't work on anything but Win98 (or whatever), it can be done in a VM.

(However, I think that companies that stick with these ancient OS's are making a mistake. Spend the money and get a custom app built, if that's what it takes. Sticking with OS's that have zero support is just so risky that I can't fathom it.)
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Count me in. Its about time in my opining that MS found a way to break the mold and appease big business. Vulcan thank you good sir for pointing out whom it is MS is here for. Do not think for one minute that if they could MS wouldn't go straight enterprise and drop us on our backsides.


Afterthought: Us enthusiasts contribution to MS total sales is probably less than the pocket change on the non dominant hand side of slick Willies shorts.
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