One big item not on the list is WinRT: the new api.
Microsoft has finally
found a universal api--basically their holy grail since 3.1.
They came close with the WinFx in Longhorn, but of course that was eventually scrapped.
It's one of the biggest "under the hood" advancements in a long time, if not ever. It is HUGE for developers and could potentially launch app development in so many new directions.
There's a good possibility that a lot of companies will start going to rolling releases for their most popular software. Companies like Adobe might actually start favoring develping for Windows over MacOS.
It's too bad it has to come on such a shitty interface.
I can't honestly believe they did any real market research on it.
I have yet to meet one person who thinks it's a good idea.
In fact just last week, my dad tried it at work. All five people in the IT department hated it. So for a little experiment, they installed it on a few more computers and had everyone else in the company (bout 300 people) come down and try it.
Not one person like it and everyone pretty much just hated it.
And I still don't understand why they continue to try and jam that stupid ribbon down our throats. It's had nothing but five year's worth of bad press--not to mention all the hacks and alternative front-ends people have devised in order to rid themselves of it.
Cutter John wrote:
Really Methos? I used Win2000 for a good 5-6 years. It always struck me as one of the more stable versions. Agree on the rest though.
To date, Win2k is easily the best OS to ever come out of Redmond.
In terms of stability, functionality, and forward thinking it blows XP and Win7 out of the water.
They're convinced that optical discs are going the way of the dinosaur...and they are right, but this may be too early to abandon the built in support for it.
It's expensive to develop and how many people actually use native support? Exactly.
I mean find me one person who doesn't immediately install VLC, MPC, or some similar third party movie player.
Besides, Windows could never play Bluray movies natively anyhow because of the DRM restrictions.
Frankly, I'm surprised it took them this long.