Windows Vista vs. Windows 7

Windows Vista vs. Windows 7

Not much time passed since Microsoft launched officially their Windows Vista operating system and now they put on a short schedule the finish of their new release Windows 7. Why is that? Let’s see some history.

Windows Vista operating system was released worldwide on January, 2007 and the final development completed almost at the end of 2008. The first announcement of this OS was on July, 2005, known with the codename ‘Longhorn’. That was time-frame of five years from the introduction of its forerunner Windows XP and the new OS, the longest time span between different releases of Microsoft Windows desktop operating systems.

Statistics have shown that in 2008 there where over 1.2 billion personal computers in use and about 72% of them were running Windows XP, which makes it the most popular operating system of all time. Many IT departments have consolidated their deployments around Windows XP with billions of applications and software closely bound with it. Another thing is that Windows Vista has more than 50 million lines of code against 35 million that Windows XP had when it was released. This has had the effect of slowing down Windows Vista, if it is not running on anything but the latest and fastest hardware. Yet another thing is that one of the biggest goals of Microsoft was to unite the Windows 98/Me and Windows NT/2000 code bases, and with small exceptions XP accomplished that.

Year and a half after Vista’s launch the statistics are showing that just 9.2% of the PCs in the whole world were running Vista.

Because of these facts the IT departments are ignoring Vista seriously in spite of Microsoft claimed that will stop the XP support at the end of 2009. Even Intel, partner of Microsoft and one of the biggest CPU manufacturers, decided to pass the upgrade their OS’ used by 79,000 employees to Windows Vista and wait for Windows 7 release.

Windows 7 is the newest desktop (OS) operating system, announced by Microsoft. During the initial development this OS was named ”Blackcomb” and then ”Vienna”.

Unlike its predecessor, Windows 7 is intended to be a considerable upgrade of the Windows OS’ line, aiming in to that to be compatible with applications and hardware that Windows XP and Windows Vista already are. It is focused on multi-touch support, a redesigned Windows Shell, new taskbar, new home networking system called Home-Group, and major performance improvements. As from Microsoft said:

‘Over the past few years, you”ve asked us to make some changes to Windows. We listened closely. Now it”s time to share an early look at how we”ve used your feedback. Windows 7 is faster, more reliable, and makes it easier to do what you want’

From my side it is strange what they say. Why there is Windows Vista then at all, as Windows XP main purpose was to change the model combining Windows 95,98,Me and Windows 2000 into one sharp OS.

This and many common questions provide IT specialists with all the justification they need to simply skip Vista and directly pass on Windows 7 as the next OS for business.

If you decide to move over Windows 7, on this site, you can find Windows 7 RC installation instructions

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Anthony Gee About the Author: Anthony G. is an IT specialist with more than 9 years of solid working experience in the Web Hosting industry. Currently works as server support administrator, involved in consultative discussions about Web Hosting and server administration. One of the first writers in the Onlinehowto.net website, now writing for Free Tutorials community - he is publishing tutorials and articles for the wide public, as well as specific technical solutions.

Comments (2)

  1. Irvin L. Tanutan says:

    what is the next sophisticated OS???
    more than features to windows 7????

  2. Tonny Poter says:

    Windows 2012. :) I am joking.
    For years I am using Linux since I cannot spend unduly time for the “Next” update that will either crash my system or will mess the user’s permissions. Or for the next super ‘worm’ or virus which will steal all my passwords or credit cards.

    Besides that Windows is the most used OS and like it or not I have to use it often.

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