Windows 7 Launch May Be A Quiet Affair

Down in New Zealand they are reporting that they believe that Windows 7 will be released with little fanfare by Microsoft. In NZ they state that because of their time zone, they will actually be the first country to get the newest operating system. But according to their informed sources, Windows 7 will be introduced quietly to the masses.

When Vista was launched you may recall that some influential bloggers were given high end laptops for free from Microsoft. After a community up roar, in which some bloggers returned the units to Microsoft, this quietlt faded into the sunset. Microsoft was using the word ‘Wow’ to describe the new Vista OS. But users were coming up with other words for Vista which did not include Wow, but contained many 4 letter words.

According to stuff.co.nz it states:

A Microsoft spokeswoman says it has no plans yet for the launch of Windows 7. “We will be doing something interesting and exciting. It’s hard to say what direction we will go in right now, but it will be appropriate to the times and not anything terribly extravagant.”

Keeping the Windows 7 launch low key may be in the best interest of Microsoft. After Vista and its many problems consumers just want something that works.

What do you think?

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Toshiba To Launch 512GB SSD In Early 2009

Toshiba is a leader in producing those new SSD hard disks and are now ready to launch a 512 GB during the first part of 2009. What makes SSD so attractive when compared to the standard hard disk, is that SSD are more reliable, quiet and most importantly they are faster. SSD drives offer faster boot times on systems that employ the new technology.

But like with any new technology, SSD drives are still expensive. But as more systems start to use the new technology, prices should continue to drop. According to Toshiba SSD driver offer the following advantages:

  • Performance. With no mechanical armature to move, SSDs have virtually no latency time and can provide very fast access to the data stored. As shown in

    Reliability. Specifications of SSDs on the market indicate that they provide a high mean time between failure (MTBF) and have a low probability of mechanisms that cause an entire SSD to fail.


  • Energy  efficiency. SSDs should offer lower power consumption, resulting in increased usage time when operating on battery power.
  • Environmental. SSDs are not restricted to HDD form factors and can offer various capacities in form factors that can be tailored to unique system device design requirements. In addition, SSDs have a high tolerance for wide temperature and humidity ranges and shock/vibration. They also produce no audible noise.

With so many advantages it is easy to see that SSD drives will eventually be the standard for storage on present and future computer systems.

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Windows 7 – Why Microsoft Is Not Saying Anything

Over at ZD-Net they are having a meeting of the minds trying to figure out why Microsoft is being silent about the next version of Windows dubbed 7, as in Windows 7. There is also some discussion that testers and those in the groove are being left out as well. But one could conclude that the silence by Microsoft could mean a variety of different things.

When Vista was under development, Microsoft had provided us with a road map of new features that was going to make us dump XP in a heart beat. One of the features was called  WinFS which was going to sit on top of the NTFS file system and would make grouping attributes such as project, author etc., easier. But WinFS did not make the final product. There were some other features that also did not make it to Vista because they did not work properly. Add to this the famous Jim Allchin memo to Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer which stated:

From: Jim Allchin
Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2004 8:38 AM
To: Bill Gates; Steve Ballmer
Subject: losing our way…

This is a rant. I’m sorry.

I am not sure how the company lost sight of what matters to our customers (both business and home) the most, but in my view we lost our way. I think our teams lost sight of what bug-free means, what resilience means, what full scenarios mean, what security means, what performance means, how important current applications are, and really understanding what the most important problems [our] customers face are. I see lots of random features and some great vision, but that doesn’t translate onto great products.

I would buy a Mac today if I was not working at Microsoft. If you run the equivalent of VPC on a MAC you get access to basically all Windows application software (although not the hardware). Apple did not lose their way. You must watch this new video below. I know this doesn’t show anything for businesses, but my point is about the philosophy that Apple uses. They think scenario. They think simple. They think fast. I know there is nothing hugely deep in this.

http://www.apple.com/ilife/video/ilife04_32C.html [Note: link no longer works]

I must tell you everything in my soul tells me that we should do what I called plan (b) yesterday We need a simple fast storage system. LH is a pig and I don’t see any solution to this problem. If we are to rise to the challenge of Linux and Apple, we need to start taking the lessons of “scenario, simple, fast” to heart.

jim

Now. Does anyone need to wonder why Microsoft is remaining mum on Windows 7. If they provide  information as they did with Longhorn, they may have other embarrassing moments. But the big reason is that the company is trying to palm off, I mean sell Vista. Telling the masses that Windows 7 will be better than Vista will just make more of us wait for the next Windows to hit the street.

Comments welcome.

PS For those here in the US have a safe Memorial Day holiday. For those of us here in the mid-west may God protect you and your family from the vicious weather that is plaguing the area.