Can Windows 7 benefit students?

Can Windows 7 benefit students?

Summary: From what we've seen of Windows 7, we've got multi-touch features and a new taskbar. Obviously because of the new way that Microsoft (*ahem* Sinfosky) is keeping the Windows family of products close to its chest, we don't really know what's going on with it, or what it can offer.

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From what we've seen of Windows 7, we've got multi-touch features and a new taskbar. Obviously because of the new way that Microsoft (*ahem* Sinfosky) is keeping the Windows family of products close to its chest, we don't really know what's going on with it, or what it can offer. The main problem, from a development point of view, is because we don't know the core API's and the "power of Windows" yet, development becomes increasingly difficult.

Needless to say, Windows 7 is a good couple of years away at least has a while to go before it's released, a year at least, so there's still plenty of time to worry about it. Yet those in university at the moment who learn Java, C# and .NET3 may be ostracised from the employment w7benefits1.pngmarket because they haven't kept up to date with the latest programming knowledge. So not only do the developers suffer, as they cannot create new or updated versions of their products to work with the next version of the Windows operating system yet, students are being pushed away from the table also.

Long has there been controversy over how Microsoft, and other major software corporations handle data releases, this doesn't seem set to change. However the one thing Microsoft could do (as they did with the .NET Framework 3.0) was release the separate development tools included in Windows, before the actual release of Windows is distributed.

Maybe we should just all turn to Linux anyway - it seems to be the most applicable platform to use at the moment, and it's hardly going to die out any time soon.

Topics: Software, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Windows

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  • Gamble your knowledge-base on vapourware from a dying monopoly?

    That'd be a silly move for any student, no matter how brand-love-struck they may be at a young age.
    fr0thy2
  • RE: Can Windows 7 benefit students?

    Very good point well made. Linux is a great platform to use for many different things - universities use it for certain and specific things, even Government's use it for more advanced things.

    However Windows still has a great application base to plug into, and the power that Windows has can still be used for many great things. It all depends on what you use and for what purpose - but I truly believe different OS's have different benefits from others still.
    zackwhittaker
  • Nothing precludes .NET from still working on Windows 7

    What I would expect is that there would be a .NET 4.0 or something, adding the new capabilities of Multitouch, etc. .NET is like Java, in that it is a layer over the operating system (that's why there is a version for Linux - project Mono). So, I wouldn't expect Microsoft to yank the rug from under the developers, but still expect some learning curve for new features.
    Roque Mocan
  • Are you sure about that?

    [b]Needless to say, Windows 7 is a good couple of years away [i]at least[/i], so there's plenty of time to worry about it.[/b]

    That's not what Microsloth is sayaing.

    http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1417

    [i]During his fireside chat with Chairman Bill Gates at the D6 conference on May 27, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer acknowledged that Microsoft was [b]aiming to deliver Windows 7 in late 2009[/b].[/i]
    MGP2
  • RE: Are you sure about that?

    I've known MJ for a while now, and she's definitely not wrong :-) I apologise - I didn't particularly think twice about writing that, it just came out as it did. Sometimes I still struggle to remember it's 2008 rather than 2007...

    Updated the post though :-)
    zwhittaker
  • Premature truth = FUD

    Now I like any other good developer think that trusting .Net is foolish. But its very FUD like to spread the idea that the new Windows may leave developers hung out to dry no matter how plausible it is. Its just to early.

    However MS has a serious history of doing this (ASP->ASP.Net, ASP.Net 1.1->ASP.Net 2.0, DTS->SSIS and so forth). So I pity the folk that lock themselves into this update cycle. If it were me I would be afraid with every version release. Thats why I stay away from them totally now. It only took me once to get bitten and realize.
    storm14k