[LINK] Windows 7 Beta available

Rick Welykochy rick at praxis.com.au
Wed Jan 14 19:15:11 AEDT 2009

Brenda Aynsley wrote:

> Could it be they are responding somewhat to the opportunities for their 
> loyal clients to jump ship to viable alternative Operating System 
> platforms eg OSX and linux?

Nah. I googled for Windows 7 and learned something very boring.

It is indeed the next in the Windows line, and has nothing to do
with XP. It is an *UPGRADE* from Windows Vista. It will have all the
horribles of Vista with some more tocked on for good measure. Got
to keep up with customer expectations.

What was even more boring after googling for this product was the
coverage given to "Windows enthusiasts" (a new form of masochism?)
who are eagerly downloading the new beta upgrade and putting it onto
all of their machines. Even after being told not to use it in
production. Masochism. Pure and simple.

Windows 7 was put into planning about three years ago, so it was born
before the Vista debacle surfaced. The beta was delivered one day late,
simply due to server overload. And no, I don't see any evidence whatsoever
that Microsoft are somehow responding to customers who are jumping ship.
Something about ostriches and heads up fundaments makes me think that
Microsoft don't even realise or care if this is happening. And even if they
did care, there is nothing they could possibly do to their very crippled and
very "last century" operating system to win back the disgruntled.

Windows 7 removes some existing software (google for it!) and introduces
some new slickness.

What confuses the heck out of me is the version numbers / product numbers
for the Windows line:

Windows 3.1
Windows 95
Windows 98
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7

No, I am not starting to see a pattern here :(


p.s. I can feel a new sig coming on:

MCSE exam question: what is the next in sequence?
3.1 95 98 2000 ?

Rick Welykochy || Praxis Services

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it
is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
      -- Arthur Schopenhauer

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