When someone asks a question it really is not conducive to their request to make such trivial remarks as;
...."7 will work with windows 8 as under the bonnet Windows 8 is windows 7, just with some silly ribbon menu system and some stupid phone style interface."
There is significant and major differences in the proposed Windows 8 and there are some major advancements to the power shell and its engine. It is in no way a cosmetic tweak as you quite wrongly pontificated.
Never said it was just a cosmetic tweak, but yeah I can understand where you got the idea that I think it is just a cosmetic tweak.
sure there are differences, but there is still a lot of Windows 7 code in windows 8, I been told by someone that is fairly up on the old coding thing and he mention there is hell of a lot of windows 7 in Windows 8
Microsoft have stated that anything that runs under Windows 7 will run in Windows 8 and there is possibility of a release date of the Autumn of 2012.
However release dates are historically very unreliable and I would suggest that as a good guide it is usually approximately a month or so after the final release candidate is made available for download to general release.
I hope this information is of some help to you
considering how complex windows is and how many lines of code is in Windows, the release date given seems pretty short for it to be a complete rewrite.
Look at how long it took for vista to come onto the market from when it was announced to when it eventually became available to the public. windows 7 was also a fairly quick build
I still think MS have lost the plot if they are going to put windows 8 onto the market with Metro for desktops
Desktop machine now powered by windows 7 pro 64bit , laptop by ubuntu
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