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Softly, softly on Windows 7

Ross O. Storey | Sept. 22, 2009
Microsofts careful customer-feedback-driven strategy appears to be paying off

Gilliland wrote, in Frost & Sullivans latest Asia Pacific Market Insights report, that Windows 7 represented the first update to the PC OS that does not require more hardware resources than the version before.

In fact, he said, the official system requirements to run Windows 7 are slightly lower than those required to run Vista. The CPU and RAM requirements are the same but the hard disk requirements are smaller for Windows 7.

More efficient on the same machine

Gilliland argued that, in simple terms, Windows 7 was much more efficient at using the resources available to it than Vista and as such will run much faster than Vista on exactly the same PC.

Gilliland warns, however, that Windows 7 may be bad news for IT vendors accustomed to new operating systems requiring new hardware to properly run.

Windows 7 will drive significant upgrade revenue for Microsoft without any hardware upgrade thus separating Microsoft from the PC vendors in the next PC Upgrade Cycle, he said.

With such accolades, Microsoft will certainly be expecting a much smoother ride for the global introduction of Windows 7 than it received for Vista, but is this a radical change in direction?

Gilliland answers this well in his paper: It wont be known until the next version of Windows is released within the next three years, as per the committed release cadence when Vista was released, if this de-coupling of the OS and hardware upgrade cycles is a one-off adjustment for the problems created by Vista.

Ross O. Storey, currently the Managing Editor of Fairfax Business Media Asia, is responsible for the editorial content and production of MIS Asia, CIO Asia, Computerworld Singapore and Computerworld Malaysia magazines.     


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