Windows 7 (Build 6965): opened up to the world

Windows 7 (Build 6965): opened up to the world

Summary: Some of the cooler features, some more overlooked than others, which could really sway the decision between buying a Mac with OS X and buying a laptop/PC with Windows 7.


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  • A collection of a few "desktop goodies", which I consider pretty cool. The tablet math function is brilliant, especially for math or economic students, and the calculator has been dramatically improved by adding real-life calculations and conversions on there.

    To read the original post, click here.

  • An example of the on-screen keyboard and to-scale finger showing you how they compare. The on-screen keyboard is resizeable so whether you have tiny hands or sausage fingers, you can still use the keyboard on-screen.

    And I know, the finger looks a bit like a penis, but it is in fact, a finger.

    To read the original post, click here.

Topics: Networking, Apple, Hardware, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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  • Just like OS X. [nt]

    • except it is compatible

      see anyone can take pot shots...that's way too easy. :-)
  • "just like OS X"... and

    Mac OS 7 (7.5?)... mid 1990s, 8, 9 up to OS X.

    • except it is prettier

      substance folks...anyone can plop crap in a text box... :-) see it's easy to do...It's the reaction response that does it...not the thought process. :-)
  • RE: Windows 7 (Build 6965) (Windows 7 (Build 6965): opened up to the world)

    How does the look and feel differ from Vista? It looks very close to the same thing with added features.
  • They need to look into Version Hierarchies

    I feel that beyond the technical issues with Vista,
    there was problem with 10 different versions (figure of
    speech more than an actual number) and you needed to
    get the best version to get all the cool stuff. If they
    use the same approach (which looks like they might do
    based on the Windows 7 Ultimate I saw in one of the
    screenshot), I think they are still going to
    disenfranchise buyers.

    However, this could be a good thing because that will
    push at least the tech savvy crowd more towards
    alternate OS (such as Linux and OSX for those who can
    afford or need apple) and slowly the regular users
    might port over to these OS as well as Microsoft
    continues with its adamant attitude. They definitely
    have the market share going in favor of them right not
    but one must wonder with the rise of startups and web
    applications being as powerful as they are, how long
    can Microsoft continue to make these same mistakes.

    The growth of Open Source alternatives to some of the
    beloved windows applications and improvements to Linux
    (especially with Ubuntu Distribution) along with
    manufacturers such as Dell prepackaging linux on some
    of their laptops, the days of Microsoft reign could be
    limited if they don't get their act together. It will
    get worse especially if Windows 7 just adds bells and
    whistles and duct tapes security holes rather than
    rethinking the architecture and coming up with elegant
    solutions rather than just patching every issue once it
    arises and effects computers worldwide.
    • "rethinking the architecture..."

      I wish they would just rewrite the whole thing and base it on UNIX.
      • Why not a lean EAL7 compliant kernel?

        Why go for a 1970s insecure OS instead of keeping with a 1980s insecure OS? Too many lines of code cannot be made reliable easily.

        Instead, go for a lean EAL7 compliant kernel upon which to ensure REAL and VERIFIABLE security. Throw in true OO enforcable rules and we would have a verifably secure, extensible OS.

        EAL7 compliance ensures every machine instruction traces to lines in the source code. A process that can be automated.

        This totally bypasses the FOSS FUD about 'many eyes'. Eyes are only good if they are willing to look, know what they are looking for and look at everything. OSS has no guarantee of any of these, it is just wishful thinking.

        Any new totally new OS has to be intrinsically secure and be able to be verified secure using automated processes. A rewrite will just make a lot more new bugs to be propagated into the future, unless the kernal is really secure and verifiable.

        Without the quantum leap, why change?
      • Yeah, it'd be better, but still locked down by microsoft...

        They really are terrible, there OS has almost no customizability, you cant make it act /just/ how you want it, not to mention, without an open source operating system, the OS, will never truly be more secure. Defective by design (just like DRM).

        They really do copy everything, KDE took the mac OS idea and pushed it further, having widgets effectively replace (with Plasma) the desktop, so no longer does it point to /home/user/desktop, and naturally, as everybody perfects their ideas, microsoft takes it and paints it a new color.
  • Will this be the new XP?

    One thing is for sure. What ever we end up on should be around for a while. The comfort level we achieve with a product over time is important to me. Usually after a few rounds of fixes of course. Also hardware and their drivers need to catch up to the OS. Then we can start focusing more time on the applications and less on the OS. In a perfect world we would take the OS for granted. Sad but true(MS gets no love). The early look has me feeling pretty good. Thanks for the quick walk through.
    • Taste just like chicken

      Functionality first and then cost. Microsoft has smart people employed. Let's hope this OS version can make it off the runway this time to fly.

      Vista burned and crashed like a 747 airplane never making it off the runway.
      • Doom-sayers abound

        Even if Windows 7 were released tomorrow, there would be many businesses that would probably go to Vista first because it will be more mature and have been able to go through more internal testing at the time than W7. Some businesses are just now upgrading to XP from W2K. W7 is a long way in the future for them!

        I think Vista allowed MS to incorporate many under-the-hood technologies that W7 can now build upon.

        I have upgraded a motherboard under Vista Ultimate 64 without uninstalling the old drivers and V64 just breezed through it. Not somthing that was trivial under XP, but something made the process work better under V.

        There is lots of life still left in Vista. BTW, 747s have been around AND FLYING HIGH a very, very long time. Try a relevent analogy next time.
  • I love Desktop customisation

  • RE: Windows 7 (Build 6965) (Windows 7 (Build 6965): opened up to the world)

    Looks! who cares! is it functional, is it secure
    • Not secure if it is not verifiable easily

      Threat-hardened is NOT secure, per se.

      To be really secure there must be:

      - a means of easily verifying that the machine instructions are ONLY defined by the source code. Too complex a kernel can make this unlikey.

      - a real-time means of prevently unwanted changes to the machine code at run time. The problem is who makes those decisions, in what areas and at what level.

      When flash RAM, or whatever replaces it, makes large amounts of non-volatile RAM directly connected to the CPUs, programs will be permanently 'running' when they are installed. This will require a whole new way of constructing applications, if not a whole new infrastructure with which to really take advantage of such facilites. Then is the opportunity that OSs can be made SECURE.
  • RE: Windows 7 (Build 6965) (Windows 7 (Build 6965): opened up to the world)

    The OS will be of lesser and lesser importance.
    The browser will be the most important, in the future.
    As a matter of fact, it already is!
    • OS is critical, web browser is a nice to have

      ALL current web browsers depend upon an OS. Without an OS, a web browser is useless, but you can use an OS without a web browser. Which one is CRITICAL is obvious.

      MS has been imbedding web technology into its OSs for a while. I think it is one of the few that really took web technology to its heart. If fact with XP, IE patches included patches to a lot of core OS functions, mitigating many explicit XP patches. This may have given the impression that XP was more stable all along than it really was. IE is just a fancy container into which a HTML renderer is loaded by default. It can also hold any of the MS Office apps or whatever.

      Of course, not all applications need a web browser. Web technologies may well interfere by putting in too many extra layers of processing.
  • looks like vista to me - anyone notice any difference?

    looks like vista to me - anyone notice any difference?
    • Sounds faster and smoother

      Which means that it may well be a more efficient implmentation of Vista technologies.

      That can be significant in itself.
  • RE: Windows 7 (Build 6965) (Windows 7 (Build 6965): opened up to the world)

    got to give them credit for the equatio writer!