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OT: NY Times Tech Editorial on Windows 7

I like the Vista interface, but I know that under the covers Vista is a bit bloated. I've blogged before that the one of the problems with the Vista vs. XP debate is that not every computer needs the power user UI of Vista. Many production machines are better off with the lighter weight XP.

Now we hear that Windows 7 won't be the redesigned microkernel MinWin that was talked about last year. This well written, thoughtful NY Times tech editorial calls for a new kernel for a new Windows. As a huge fan of Windows and one who wishes the very best for Microsoft and the Windows user base, I too would like to see the next Windows be a hit out of the park, not just Vista with multi-touch.

It's time to make a clean break from the past and architect a new kernel that's designed for multi-processors, SSD disks, and virtualization. Modern virtualization means that compatability can be accomplished with VPC running XP. It's time to shrug off the shackes of compatability. I have no doubt that Microsoft can do it. Come on Steve, build a Windows that will make everyone want to jump from XP!

Published Monday, June 30, 2008 10:42 PM by Paul Nielsen
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John Paul Cook said:

I recommend that happy XP users skip Vista and adopt Windows 2008 Server. Enable the Hyper-V role and life is good. Windows 2008 is closer to the XP user experience than Vista is. Plus it is snappier than Vista, even when like configurations are compared.

July 3, 2008 7:46 PM
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About Paul Nielsen

Paul Nielsen believes SQL is the romance language of data. As such he’s a hands-on database developer, Microsoft SQL Server MVP, trainer, and author of SQL Server Bible series (Wiley). As a data architect, he developed the concepts of Smart Database Design and Nordic – an open source O/R dbms for SQL Server. He lives in Colorado Springs.

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