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Top 10 things to look forward to in Windows 7

PopSci.com.au writes: "While the next iteration of the ubiquitous Microsoft desktop operating system, Windows 7, isn't a dramatic overhaul of its predecessor Windows Vista, it does fix several sore spots and add a few welcome features. Rumour has it that Windows 7 will drop in the middle of next year, but last month Microsoft released a "preview" tester build of Windows 7. After living in the Windows 7 Preview for a week now, several features and niceties jumped out at me which promise to make Windows a better place to work come 2009. Let's take a look."

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Shane Kim3357d ago (Edited 3357d ago )

As an employee of Microsoft Corporation I can honestly say, that is no guarantee.

FantasyStar3358d ago

Make Windows 7 optimized for SSDs and I might think about Win7.

DevastationEve3358d ago (Edited 3357d ago )

Although they're nice, SSDs still prove inefficient in power saving. That's because unlike traditional platter based drives which have evolved through many power saving features, SSDs only have 2 power states: on and off. On HDDs, the drive can go into Idle mode and also once the platters spin up they consume much less power during actual operation.

http://www.tomshardware.com...

Although their capacity is rising and eventually they'll gain more power efficiency, HDDs will continue to offer you much better price/performance/power usage ratio. They remain extremely cost effective and offer superb capacities in this digital media era.

FantasyStar3357d ago (Edited 3357d ago )

Yes I remember that article, but I don't think gamers will be gaming on Notebooks as a primary, so power savings isn't important to me. To this date, no Raptor can ever come close to an SSD. Sure the tech needs more work in R&D, but for what you see - SSDs are probably the most valuable upgrade you can ever make for a PC. I've never seen a mechanical HDD have read-rates up to 210MBs and write-rates 110 MBs: And that's just by itself. Imagine the sheer power if you take Intel X25-Ms and put em in RAID-0. And the best part is that Random Access is mostly always 0-5 ns because there's no moving parts.

I personally am waiting for a 250GB SSD. Now about that price...humm..I can never imagine myself paying more than $150 for a HDD, so I have alot of waiting to do.

DevastationEve3357d ago (Edited 3357d ago )

Agreed, but I think SSDs are overrated in a way. It's a step back until their capacity becomes more competitive. Sure, I can agree that a mobile user/ road warrior won't need that much anyway (one or two 120-160GB HDDs should be overkill). I guess we should break it down as follows:

Entertainment/Gaming Laptops: bigger and more drives, nicer screens, most memory, fastest processors, best graphics, fully featured, excellent connectivity, less battery life

*SSDs may benefit the user later on, but for now capacity interests the user more.

Office Productivity: single medium to large drive, best connectivity (wi-fi, LAN, VGA/DVI/HDMI) medium screen, moderate memory, older/slower processor, integrated/low end graphics, better battery life.

*SSDs may prove to be more favorable, as they have higher MTBF hours and therefore more reliability. also, higher transfer rates will mean those big database files and projects won't take you that much into overtime:)

Student or Road Warrior: single small to medium drive with optional burner for external media needs and plenty of connection options (media card reader, USB, LAN, etc), mid range processor, low to mid range graphics, more memory, small to medium screen, best battery life.

*SSDs will prove to yield the best experience, as the student/road warrior needs at least 4-6 hrs for daily use. also the laptop needs to be highly available, so the time to get back to the desktop from sleep/hibernate will be MUCH improved.

Also, I won't argue that the SSDs' future is getting better. They are very high performance pieces of hardware and they are highly technologically advanced. They WILL eventually replace HDDs. Just not in the foreseeable future.

Xbox Street Gang3358d ago (Edited 3358d ago )

Honorable Mention: Internet Explorer crashing on me...

kevnb3357d ago (Edited 3357d ago )

people will still buy it since vista is actually fine now, windows 7 = patched vista without the bad publicity.

Blades083357d ago

Vista with a Service Pack

DevastationEve3357d ago (Edited 3357d ago )

This is what Se7en needs:

Uniform Performance Across all PCs

Vista (like xp for its time) was bashed for its user interface and more demanding system requirements. The answer was to make Vista scale its Aero UI to what your WEI score would determine your system could do.

As it is (and always has been) you can go to your friends PC and notice certain things about his system that make his setup more snappy, and vice versa. Your system may score a 4.0-5.0 in every other category, but because his scores higher in graphics Aero will perform better. Windows 7 needs to be able to make all PCs perform satisfactory, regardless of their specs.

There will never be an ideal way to implement this, but finer granularity of scaling would make the experience much more identical from system to system. Features should be able to "dumb down" to less resource utilization automatically. And this should be done REGARDLESS of WEI score. Meaning, when all of a sudden I want my system to focus all horses on what I'm doing, Aero should be able to get out of the way along with every other feature that Se7en will undoubtedly come with.

To do this, maybe they should extend their Themes functionality to accommodate user modification of graphical settings. Or at the very least make it automatic according to the resources available.

DevastationEve3357d ago

disagree? then tell me where i went wrong.

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