“Microsoft Windows has put on a lot of weight over the years,” Randall Stross reports for The New York Times. “Beginning as a thin veneer for older software code, it has become an obese monolith built on an ancient frame. Adding features, plugging security holes, fixing bugs, fixing the fixes that never worked properly, all while maintaining compatibility with older software and hardware — is there anything Windows doesn’t try to do?”
“Painfully visible are the inherent design deficiencies of a foundation that was never intended to support such weight. Windows seems to move an inch for every time that Mac OS X or Linux laps it,” Stross reports.
“The best solution to the multiple woes of Windows is starting over. Completely. Now,” Stross opines.
Stross reports, “Vista is the equivalent, at a minimum, of Windows version 12 — preceded by 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 3.1, NT, 95, NT 4.0, 98, 2000, ME, XP. After six years of development, the longest interval between versions in the previous 22-year history of Windows, and long enough to permit Apple to bring out three new versions of Mac OS X, Vista was introduced to consumers in January 2007.”
MacDailyNews Note: Windows XP was first released on October 25, 2001. Windows Vista was released on January 30, 2007. Apple had released Mac OS X 10.1 (Puma) one month before Windows XP, on September 25, 2001. Since that time, Apple has released Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar, August 23, 2002; Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, October 24, 2003; Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger on April 29, 2005. Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard was released on October 26, 2007.
Stross continues, “The internal code name for the next version is “Windows 7.” The “7” refers to nothing in particular, a company spokeswoman says. This version is supposed to arrive in or around early 2010.”
“Will it be a top-to-bottom rewrite? Last week, Bill Veghte, a Microsoft senior vice president, sent a letter to customers reassuring them there would be minimal changes to Windows’ essential code. ‘Our approach with Windows 7,’ he wrote, ‘is to build off the same core architecture as Windows Vista so the investments you and our partners have made in Windows Vista will continue to pay off with Windows 7,'” Stross reports.
Stross writes, “But sticking with that same core architecture is the problem, not the solution.”
Much more in the full article here.
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