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Old 29th November 2012, 10:30 AM   #1
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http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/28/3...pdate-low-cost

http://www.extremetech.com/computing...ows-every-year

http://tech.slashdot.org/story/12/11...ows-every-year

"Windows Blue" is an internal project within Microsoft around the idea of pushing a major release of Windows every 12 months.

Linux distros come out at speed, and Mac OSX has been on a 1-2 year release schedule for a while.

Now it's clear Microsoft are also playing with the idea of an ever-incremental release cycle, and likewise drop prices dramatically per release (again, like Mac OSX does).

This has interesting implications for both private/home users and corporate users. It'll be interesting to see if it goes ahead, and what it means for those slower moving customers who reject regular upgrades (working in corporates for many years, I regularly see people skip major revisions of OSes from all vendors).
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Old 29th November 2012, 10:35 AM   #2
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I'm either way on this, I mean with OSX - 10.5 to even 10.8 is not a huge leap. They just ad some features and shuffle the chairs on the deck (hide some buttons here and some there).

I'd rather a base OS and then service packs the same way Vista and 7 were done. XP's life-cycle was too long but they got it pretty much bang on with Vista and 7 although many corporates are still dragging XP around with them.

Really regular can work for consumers but only because some people can't stand being out of date.
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Old 29th November 2012, 12:18 PM   #3
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XP's life-cycle was too long
Not for people doing support or training, or writing software... It was pretty safe to assume people were using XP for a good 5 years or so.

A 3 or 5 year cycle would work for most people though...
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Seems like they want to change the buzz word from Service Packs to Major Release. As said, some OSX releases are not big jumps
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Old 29th November 2012, 12:25 PM   #5
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Not for people doing support or training, or writing software... It was pretty safe to assume people were using XP for a good 5 years or so.

A 3 or 5 year cycle would work for most people though...
not really XP is to 2K as 7 is to Vista.

∴ XP was around too long imo still.
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Old 29th November 2012, 12:31 PM   #6
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Can't say I'm surprised. They were practically giving away Windows 8, that doesn't fit with Microsoft's MO, even if it was just a ploy to get people on board with it. It's a highly unprofitable venture if they're planning a long-life product.

Technology is developing and devices are being invented and reinvented so fast that an OS (especially a unified OS across all devices) can't be built for devices that hit the market in 3 years time. Unless MS want to be consistently behind the game they need to have a faster release cycle.

The big advantage they have is the consistent foundation that this "8-series" set of operating systems has established. That means that rolling major releases on all devices is relatively straightforward from this point on. It's a pretty exciting time to be in tech.
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not really XP is to 2K as 7 is to Vista.

∴ XP was around too long imo still.
So Windows 9 is the first thing we can expect from Project Blue, I guess as not many people are that impressed with 8. I haven't used it but they obviously have a longer term plan in place than users need to know!

XP 32-bit has been the closest to perfect OS so far, it worked with so many things for so long so why update it with anything other than the 3 Service Packs we got.
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So Windows 9 is the first thing we can expect from Project Blue, I guess as not many people are that impressed with 8. I haven't used it but they obviously have a longer term plan in place than users need to know!

XP 32-bit has been the closest to perfect OS so far, it worked with so many things for so long so why update it with anything other than the 3 Service Packs we got.
7 x64 > XP x32
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sounds like they are back pedalling away from the massive fail thats is win8


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Hah, glad I wasn't the only one to think that. Winnows Blue ought to be a hit with the bogan market.
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yeah, NOOOWW!
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yeah, NOOOWW!
7 hit the ground running XP took until SP2 to be good, not just usable - good.

after 2k XP felt like a busted arse pile of shit, 7 really was just awesome from day dot - something no other version of Windows has managed before.
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Exactly, so they had to put a stop to that quick smart and release something that compels users to upgrade and then breaks shit... W8 has already killed one of my 2TB Samsungate backup drives with that stupid 100% activity bug, SMRT errors everywhere

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I mean with OSX - 10.5 to even 10.8 is not a huge leap
Visually, no. At the back end it's radically different.

I've had to make enormous changes to my Puppet manifests managing Mac OSX as it changes each release. Things like CIFS/NFS mounts, user authentication and other things have changed dramatically 3 releases running now.

End users don't notice because their GUI dialogues all look the same, but from a back end sysadmin point of view I had to rewrite tonnes of management tools to deal with it.
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I must admit, I remember going from 10.6 to 7 was a fair change from the back end but thankfully I don't have any Macs to deal with in my current role.
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