Given that Microsoft has revealed plans to release Windows 8 in 2012, changing focus to the next operating system two years before launch seems sensible.
Sounds good to me, I'm skipping win 7, 64 bit vista is a finely tuned beast after so many years, hearing about win7 compatibility problems just makes me happier knowing I don't have to go through the teething problems I went though with vista. I'll be going straight to win8
I just bought a new PC earlier this year pre-loaded with Vista, I'm not going to go out and buy an OS a few months later, just because it's the "New Thing". I'll get Win8, when I get a new PC by 2013.
Because it is so close to vista, it does no have the same early morning tech issues. But yes, if you are happy with what you got, don't bother. I have yet to see the day to day benefit of Snow Leopard on my iMac HTPC vista x86 --> W7 Ult x64 no longer crashes when GPU transoding. Crysis no longer freezes imac Vista x86 --> W7 x86 Apart from the hoodwink to get the graphics drivers working, painfree Netbook clunky xp ----> W7 x86 flawless. ONly my 4 year old vaio keep crashing with W7 becuase Sony no longer updates the drivers (power management) for it, so I cannot use sleep at all. Xp --->Vista --->xp----W7 x86
I have absolutely no problems at all with vista, and I mean none, no crashes, no lock ups, nothing, and it's been that way for a long time. The main gain in win7 over vista is the ram it frees up, win7 supposedly has better multicore support, but all the benchmarks i've seen show that the difference is <1% and it often goes in vistas favor, I have 4 gig of ram which removes the ram bottleneck, and DX11 is also available on vista ( I have it installed now), so there is almost no reason at all to upgrade. EDIT: Having 64 bit makes a huge difference for video/music/picture editing etc. In time it will become a big advantage for gaming as well. Crysis alone uses 2gig of ram on my system, with a few tweaks etc such as a high res texture mod, it could easily use 3, which is when 32bit would really show it's age (that ram usage is just for the game, not including system ram usage for the OS and background apps) I also have a laptop with vista...it runs like crap on that, but with 2gig of 667ram, 5400rpm HDD, 2ghz dual core and a 128mb video card..it's bound to ( got the laptop on vista launch...it wasn't pretty), my desktop runs great on it though
@dchalfont above. Don't get me wrong apart from my vaio that does not like vista or W7, vista served me very well indeed. I do a lot of video encoding and that really was the only problem I could not live with [Edit: the technet preview worked flawlessly]. Maybe it was the move to 64bit that solved the problem, who knows. However after beta testing W7, I found it hard to go back. I am just one of those early adopting guinea pigs, I guess.
I don't see the problem if you don't adopt early. Let the early adopters be the testers if it's very good you can get it a year or 2 after launch.
I grabbed 7 because I skipped vista and because XP is 8 years old. 7 beta had loads of testers and turned out to be pretty solid so I'm looking forward to 8's retail release in a few years.
My iMac runs smooth, and I don't miss Windows at all. Don't think returning to Windows ever, MS keep missing the quality and users goals.
Too bad you'll be missing out on all those games that don't support mac..
He probably plays on consoles with superior amount of games and more varied genres anyway.
I'm looking forward to windows 8, since w7 worked well for me.
i liek they are going with numbers, no more stupid subtitles like XP, Vista, Millenium or whatever. No matter the quality I'd like Win 8 to stay Windows 8 not some Windows: Xplode or sth.
...so THAT'S what the Mayans Predicted!
Windows 8 crashes the world
Indeed. PC gaming is slowly dying. The only game I can see getting for the pc is Diablo 3. Which is also on mac.
it's not the new versions they keep releasing, it's the way they get more bloated each time as they keep adding more unneeded crap to try to justify the new version. i think the term is feature creep. i had a perfectly usable os years ago on my amiga, that ran in a megabyte of ram. now windows vista is like 13 gigs, don't know about 7 because i haven't got it, and they'll probably be up to 8 by the time i buy a new pc which will be the only time i'll get a new version of windows.
2012 - yup and all the computers using win 8 turn evil and destroy the world lol
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