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D6, the sixth annual All Things Digital conference, kicked off yesterday with a session starring Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. Discussion spanned topics ranging from the failed Yahoo acquisition to the lukewarm reception Windows Vista has had to the impact that Gates' imminent departure will have on the company. It was for another reason, however, that this session was so keenly anticipated: it was to contain the first public look at Windows 7. Recent revelations from Microsoft have suggested that Windows 7 will be far more evolutionary than its radical predecessor; this was confirmed by last night's demonstration.
Supposedly Windows 7 will be more efficient with memory, so we won't have another memory hog like vista. But there is still the issue of MS's programmers being paid by the line, so I don't see how this is possible.

Full story here: http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post...d-no-meat.html

In my opinion Windows seven isn't that big of deal though. If you boil it down to the basics, it's mostly just a new GUI.
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If it uses less memory, does this mean a poorer performance OS? Vista sucks unless you have at least 2GB, then it's all gravy. More memory usage means a faster experience unless we are rolling with SSD's.
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Supposedly Windows 7 will be more efficient with memory, so we won't have another memory hog like vista. But there is still the issue of MS's programmers being paid by the line, so I don't see how this is possible.
Efficiency does not necessarily equate directly to the number of lines. Do you have any proof of this accusation, or were you being sarcastic?
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If it uses less memory, does this mean a poorer performance OS? Vista sucks unless you have at least 2GB, then it's all gravy. More memory usage means a faster experience unless we are rolling with SSD's.
Lower memoy usage does not mean lower performance. An application can be coded better to use less memory and still funtion 100%. You wiil find that in alot of apps there are memory leaks that are never plugged up. However in plugging them up you regain lost memory.

The fact that something uses less memory because of more efficient coding does not mean it will suck.
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hahahah..... looks like you have never heard of OPTIMIZATION

Seems to be a huuuge topic with Crysis no? well that's exactly what they are going to try to do with Windows 7.....
    
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hahahah..... looks like you have never heard of OPTIMIZATION

Seems to be a huuuge topic with Crysis no? well that's exactly what they are going to try to do with Windows 7.....
Crysis and optimization should never be in the same sentence..apart from when Identifying the POOR optimization. Anyway back on topic.
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Crysis and optimization should never be in the same sentence..apart from when Identifying the POOR optimization. Anyway back on topic.
Sigh.
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The funny thing is, the reason why Vista seems to use so much memory is because it uses the memory to it's fullest when it's not in use. So even though it may look like you only have 25% of your memory free, you can run a program that uses more than that 25% and Vista will stop using that extra memory for background tasks.
 
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Sigh.
It's funny because they weren't mentioned in the same sentence
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The funny thing is, the reason why Vista seems to use so much memory is because it uses the memory to it's fullest when it's not in use. So even though it may look like you only have 25% of your memory free, you can run a program that uses more than that 25% and Vista will stop using that extra memory for background tasks.
Yea, prefetch comes to mind. optimization can only go so far as the spinning drives will operate slower, hence a slower interface speed for the user if it uses less memory. Am I catching this right?
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