Microsoft confirmed this week that its forthcoming Windows 7 operating system and the widely maligned Vista OS share the same basic architecture -- and that's a good thing, the company says. "Because Windows 7 is built on the same kernel as Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, there are no changes that are going to require a reworking of that ecosystem," said Microsoft senior VP Steven Sinofsky, who spoke Tuesday at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles.
Vista was plagued by application incompatibilities when it debuted in January of last year. The OS featured a number of architectural changes -- particularly at the security level -- that broke compatibility with applications built for Windows XP and other previous Microsoft operating systems. Microsoft claims that won't happen with Windows 7 -- as long as users are working with applications that are Vista-compatible. "All of the devices and all of the compatibility work that has gone on in the past two years of Windows Vista will pay off in the work that we've done with Windows 7," said Sinofsky.
I hope that will be an incentive for companies to update their drivers and software for Vista level compatibility. If you're having trouble with some hardware and/or software on Vista today then Windows 7 won't help anything.
I run the 64-bit Vista Business version on one machine, and the lack of 64-bit hardware drivers has been the biggest issue I've faced. I run a VMware virtual machine with 32-bit XP in it to work around this. An old scanner and several printers in my office simply don't have the drivers.
It works... everything I really need does... it was just my tried and true HTML editor that gave me a real pain in the fundament, for a time. Still acts balky on occasion but eventually works. I'll miss it when and if...
But wait! There's a caveat! I do things in leaps and bounds but take a LONG TIME between leaps. I ran NT Server 4 from 1996 to 2006. Replaced that machine (which had the gall to DIE on me) with better iron and XP Pro. Ran that two years. A biz deal came through with a tad of spare cash and upgraded systems (a bit ahead of schedule, see above) to 64bit architecture. So far I'm liking it, though a tad ticked that some of my older legacy programs won't run. PS5 does (I'm a cheap ... er... fellow).
Looking at the "planned obsolescence" M$ and other players use I can see a world of hurt in my future. Arrrgggh again!