Speculation on Windows 7

Discussion in 'Operating Systems' started by sphinx99, May 5, 2009.

  1. sphinx99

    sphinx99 Gawd

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    First some observations:

    Linux (Android) and MacOS (iPhone) demonstrated their respective ability to scale down very nicely to small mobile devices, the sort with the software running in slow embedded storage running on a 400-600Mhz ARM processor-ish environment. Windows / Windows Mobile never did so well in this regard.

    Linux (Android) and MacOS (iPhone) included fantastic touch-capabilities baked into the basic UI design of the OS itself when ported to a mobile platform, which Windows Mobile never had.

    Today: here comes Windows 7, running very lean even on legacy hardware, and with an enormous amount of touch support baked (deeply) into the OS. From a design perspective, Windows 7 seems to have the makings of one heck of a mobile device OS.

    Speculation: A stripped version of Windows 7 may well run nicely on mobile platforms of the next 12-18 months, and be considered one of if not the best mobile OS out there.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. heatlesssun

    heatlesssun [H]ard as it Gets

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    Microsoft is rewriting its mobile OS as we speak, Windows Mobile 7 which will have plenty of touch capability built into it. In time however phone hardware is going to be good enough to run desktop OS'es, in about 5 years the lines will blur between phones, mp3 players and desktops to the point that the only difference will be be a matter of processing power.