“The latest post on the Building Windows 8 blog talks about the OS’s new “push-button reset” and what it entails,” Woody Leonhard reports for InfoWorld.
“I can’t imagine a more graphic description of exactly why and how Windows 7’s legacy bogs down the design of a modern tablet OS,” Leonhard reports. “Microsoft chose to build its new tablet OS on top of its old desktop OS, and man, the chickens come home to roost on reset.”
Leonhard reports, “In the iPad/Android world, a tablet reset is roughly analogous to a Windows reboot. If your tablet isn’t working right, you reset it and (with extremely rare exceptions) it works again. The process takes maybe a minute… Microsoft posted some timing runs and says that a refresh takes 8 or 9 minutes, and a quick reset on a clean machine takes 6 minutes. Of course, that doesn’t include the time to re-install any legacy apps.”
“There’s a world of difference between the iPad/Android approach and the Windows 8 approach, and it can be summed up in one word: baggage,” Leonhard reports. “Windows 8 has to bring along all of that bloated Windows 7 code and set it to survive the reset.”
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MacDailyNews Take: What more could you expect from a company that itself is not only bogged down, but run by legacy baggage?
Microsoft, in trying to cram everything into Windows 8 in an attempt to be all things to all devices, will end up with an OS that’s a jack of all trades and a master of none (which, after all, ought to be Microsoft’s company motto). By the time this hybrid spawn of Windows Phone ’07 + Windows 7ista actually ships, one can only dream where Apple’s iOS and Mac OS X will be! For Microsoft, it’ll be more like a nightmare… From what we’ve seen so far, Windows 8 strikes us as an unsavory combination of Windows Weight plus Windows Wait… As if they needed it: More good news for Apple.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Paul A.” for the heads up.]
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