Was discussing similar today at work...I'll never believe that Windows 7 will be Microsoft's last OS. They have no serious competition, having over 90% of the market share. Who can stop them? Linux? Don't make me laugh. Apple? Mainly a fashion statement, the majority of users can't afford a Mac. Google? I doubt it. Microsoft will move forward every 3 to 4 years with a new OS, they have a lifespan for every OS that is released, including Windows 7.
Most likely by then, most of the 32 bit systems will have bit the dust. That's not saying there will be none still running, but Windows 7 will be last of Microsoft's OS's that will run on them. I'm in that situation myself with my laptops (a 8 year old C640 & 5 year old D610 Latitude), both running Windows 7 fine. There both riding their last days out in style. But back to the point, by the time Windows 8 is released, all systems that's built to run Windows will be 64 bit, possibly even a couple of 128 bit options. When Windows 9 is released, there will most likely be more choices, 64 & 128 bit options. As long as it's taking to get away from 32 bit now, it will be hard to say at this time when 128 bit will completely take off. That may be the same as the bit deal we're in now. The final 32 bit with 64 bit dominating. But for any of this to happen, the software developers must be more committed than today. We don't even have an Adobe reader in Windows 64 bit yet, although (sic) Linux does. For the very young users on this forum, there is a 64 bit XP Pro. How long ago was that? That's what the sticking point will be, will (or can) the developers be prepared? I have my doubts.So what' going to happen to people with 32bit computers if Windows 8 is only going to be 64bit It's not likely there's many but there's going to be some.
I realy can't imagine Windows 8 will sucessfuly run on any thing older than Pentium 4 and 1 GB ram. Is it because of windows 9 and 10 planning for 128bit OS's.:burnout:
Thanks for the info, I like that lxquick search engine. You can check mark "show the https" sites for better security. And I don't like looking up my screen name on GOOGLE and finding tons of my forum posts. Although you can find a lot of useful info on Google, I'd probably be banned from the forum if I posted my feelings (in it's uncensored entirety) about the abuse of my privacy.Yes, M$ is working on Windows 8 even as we discuss Windows 7.
In fact, Windows 7 was able to tally up more sales in the first 8 hours of pre-order availability than Vista was able to collect altogether.
To date, since it's release, "Windows 7 is by far the fastest selling Operating System in history." according to the Marketing Director at M$.
"Cloud computing" is a joke so far. It may have it's uses for the uber-geeks, but for the vast majority of users it won't have any appeal. Besides I stay away from anything that has GOOGLE aligned with it in any way, shape or form. They collect WAY TOO much info on users for my comfort.
I use Ixquick as my search engine, as it is the most private search available and does not collect info on the users.
I don't think Linux ever intended to be a direct competitor and when I was following the Linux forums I don't think genuine Linux users were wanting or expecting it to be used that way. It seemed that the only ones wanting Linux to be more like Brand 'M' or Brand 'A' were users of those brands anyway.Linux had it's shot and blew it. Sure, who wouldn't want a free OS with no EULA's attached, make copies and pass them along. In theory, it sounds perfect. But along with the very steep learning curve, there's dozens of "distro's", as they are called. Had just two or three developers done it, and done to where it was usable out of the box, it may have had a chance. Now it's just a circus, and it was noted recently that Linus Torvalds gave Windows 7 the thumbs up. Some thought he was being sarcastic, but I think he knows what a circus that was made out of what he once helped build. So he may be acknowledging the truth, that Microsoft's the #1 computing company in the world. And always will be.
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