My simple opinion (untrained) why there is talk so soon of another OS from Microsoft, so soon after Vista is just starting to be accepted by the general population; and software authors are releasing more programs that are compatible and work with Vista.
In reading reviews of Vista, it seems to have shut it self off from the past that its programming must have been overlapping with one script on top of a script that was given up on, without a deep script cleaning before its release.
Why Vista failed in its initial release
The patch job in hurrying to get it out the door, rather than wait to perfect the new features.
It was “NOT” backward compatible compared to previous versions. Even if the public raved about Vista if Businesses had problems it would not have a great start. If you are a Business Owner and 10,000 computers and need to spend money to improve your internal system you easily write it off to business expenses, but IF you are “required” to install new software because your old software is not compatible, and the cost for software could equal 5 yo 10 times that amount, most businesses will balk at making such a move.
There were Too, TOO many glitches when Vista was first released, from security rules that caused more problems to glitches were certain features a user or business depended on just crashed.
4 The pricing seemed high, and for those willing to spend the most so they could have the Best because of ad ons, their pockets were picked. There were NO ad ons still many many months after (almost as if it was forgotten)? Not sure but currently were those ad ons worth the elevated cost of its price ?
If they can greatly improve on the backward compatibility, keep working on the sludge of pages that are not used but still are contained in the Vista programming, and ensure piracy prevention programs do not lock up a users system, will have a chance to catch on be accepted for several years to come.
Security can never be taken for granted because besides targeting the OS it is also targeting human behavior. I am making a prediction that by Feb of 09 both Linux and MAC will have major Malware attacks that will make newspaper headlines.
This will be because both OS have many many users/fans that are lax on security, and also the Malware programmers want to show it can be done!
Microsoft products will still be the major target, because of the number of users.
Microsoft to ensure Windows 7, 8 or even 11 is successful, must
ensure backward compatibility
make sure programming pages are tight and clean
Make definitely sure the above does “NOT” occur again
I see programmers at Microsoft dreaming about a system shown on some shows that have a holographic display with no mouse and image computer keys on a smooth surface or no keys at all.
Dreams like that are not affordable to most, so should be a module that is evolving to the OS.
Vista had too many different versions, home basic was not recommend by many. so maybe two versions for home and business should stay the standard with upgrade modules. And cheaper by the dozen could be a term used again?
Finally why do some software companies feel that their product should be marketed like a car, every year and in some instances like OS systems every 5 years?
When new features are developed they could be add ons, and when the software authors develop a new technique for better performance that is when a new OS should be released.
Look at how many programs want to run at startup and try and grab their piece of ram, does Quick Time, Adobe reader, Windows Media Player, etc etc updates really need to run at start up? Where 256 ram was a lot before 1 gig will now barely get you by in some instances. Many software authors forget about the end user and the use of other programs and only thing about their program. New OS systems must make better use of resources and be a better traffic cop when it comes to system resource use by all programs not just their own.
Microsoft must concentrate on improving XP and not in getting a NEW and BRIGHTER and More Gadgets out the door in 3 to 5 years. The Trust and Dependability issue comes into play with the fiasco they had the first year after Vista’s release.
By the way I am still using XP. Mainly because I did not need a new computer, nor could afford one? The compatibility issue and the fiasco were my biggest concerns.
The left button on my mouse broke so I might have a few typo’s