Ghee… I haven’t really get into the WOW factor of Microsoft Windows Vista yet, and now we are already talking about the next Microsoft’s operating system – codename: Windows 7.0 (obviously the current Vista was coded as Windows 6.0).
So, what is in Microsoft secret file?
Microsoft is being very secretive about future Windows versions. However, the company has publicly issued a bit of information about the broad capabilities it intends to include in Windows 7.
This information comes from a publicly-available Microsoft slide deck:
Extract from Paul Thurrott’s Supersite for Windows:
Easier. Windows 7 will make it easier for users to find and use information. Local, network and Internet search functionality will converge. Intuitive user experiences will be further advanced. Automated application provisioning and cross-application data transparency will be integrated.
More secure. Windows 7 will include improved security and legislative compliance functionality. Data protection and management will be extended to peripheral devices. Windows 7 will advance role-based computing scenarios and user-account management, and bridge the inherent conflicts between data protection and robust collaboration. It will also enable enterprise-wide data protection and permissions.
Better connected. Windows 7 will further enable the mobile workforce. It will deliver anywhere, anytime, any device access to data and applications. It will enable a robust ad-hoc collaboration experience. Wireless connectivity, management and security functionality will be expanded. The performance and functionality of current and emerging mobile hardware will be optimized. The multiple device sync, management and data protection capabilities in Windows will be extended. Finally, Windows 7 will enable flexible computing infrastructures including rich, thin and network-centric models.
Lower cost. Windows 7 will help businesses optimize their desktop infrastructure. It will enable seamless OS, application and data migration, and simplified PC provisioning and upgrading. It will further efforts towards non-disruptive application updating and patching. Windows 7 will include improved hardware- and software-based virtualization experiences. And it will expand the PC self-help and IT Pro problem resolution diagnostics in Windows.
Really arrggh? Well, this is what I think of those issues.
Easier – The ease of the search functionality lies on our extra effort to tag our files. With Office 2007 advanced documentation function, we need to put extra keystrokes to make sure the document is in a better position to be located.
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More secure – I have installed Windows Vista twice and revert back to my Windows XP Pro SP2 for one simple reason. I hate the over-secured procedures and extra clicks when we need to change our Windows functions. Needless to say when I wanted to connect to the wireless services available in Miri.
The main reason for the first revert-back to Windows XP was the unavailability of Intel Proset Wireless application for Vista. I love that Intel stuff for wireless connection! And, recently, I installed Vista again after a check with Intel that the Proset Wireless is available for Vista users.. But, Vista still made it difficult for layman like me to get connected to the wireless network. Finally, I revert back to my Windows XP Pro for the second time since February 2007!
I pity those none IT-savvy users who have to face the so many clicks here and there just to get connected and enjoy the free wifi provided by DeconneXion (never mind the lack of knowledge-based page in their support). I wonder if the government would announce a connected society based on the number of wireless points in the State. It will be a joke if they announce it – Sarawak now well connected to the Internet via WiFi!
Note: Danawa, get ready with hundreds of technician to answer this question – how to connect to wifi? We have Windows 98 – Vista, Linux, Mac, Server users in Sarawak.. gheeeeeeeeeeeee I can imagine that havoc.
Better connected. Yeahhh, once you are connected and supported by IPsec 6.. of course it feels a little fast (I wonder what did Vista did to the processor).
Lower cost. Well, I thought Vista was cheap, but at RM380 for Home Basic OEM, it is still the same price as Windows Home Edition. Hmmmm…
To Microsoft, develop an operating system that is easy to use, less clicks and secured (of course). Put us in the era of Windows ME but the functionality of Vista security, nice interface, etc. features.