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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.
64-bit XP must be a real joy...
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!