brilliant new feature in windows 7!

Mac OS X Icon for a Networked PCAppleInsider’s Prince McLean has composed a series of articles that compare the upcoming Windows 7 and Mac OS X Snow Leopard operating systems (Windows 7 vs. Snow Leopard: Microsoft’s comeback plan. and Windows 7 vs. Mac OS X Snow Leopard: competitive origins).

As usual McLean’s work is thorough, informative, and entertaining.

Here’s my favourite excerpt from the second installment:

Actual new consumer-facing features in Windows 7 are slight enough for Microsoft to refer to “screen dimming” as [a] significant new feature related to battery life. The Windows 7 website notes, “Bright idea: With a display that dims automatically, you get longer battery life” (below). This feature has been in Windows for at least fifteen years, so it appears the company is rather desperately scraping the barrel for features it can promote in its new operating system release.

Gotta love that screen dimming.

2 thoughts on “brilliant new feature in windows 7!

  1. The media is so focused on New! Exciting! features that they completely bypass the real value of Windows 7: a boatload of subtle, smart improvements to the Windows experience that makes the software easier and more fun to use. Some of these updates are tiny – removing excess chrome, more human readable error messages, tighter spacing, etc. – but all together, they add up.

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