Comparing Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Vista Comparison Essay by Nicky

Comparing Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Vista
A comparison between the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system and the Windows 7.0 operating system.
# 144967 | 1,502 words | 2 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 21, 2010 in Computer and Technology (Software)

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This paper compares the differences between the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system and the Windows 7.0 operating system by using a technical and features-based discussion to form the foundation of the analysis. It also discusses facts such as Microsoft had only once mentioned Microsoft Windows 7 during their developer conference and from the limited information with regard to its introduction, the launch date was tentatively projected as December, 2009 or 2010. Additionally, the paper brings to light facts around the development and implementation of both operating systems.

Table of Contents:
Comparing Technical Architectures of Windows Vista versus Windows
Impact of Operating System Architectural Differences on Features

From the Paper:

"Microsoft has also decided to create a hybrid kernel in Windows Vista which has also contributed to the lack of compatibility with Win16, Win32- and Win64-based applications, which is significantly different than MinWin, Windows 7.0 kernel. With a kernel architecture that more closely resembles Windows NT editions than XP, Microsoft has created a Host Virtual Machine, Guest Virtual Machine (GVM), Guest Kernel Mode and Kernel Mode platform where the device drivers and Virtual Machine Monitor (VMM) are. This kernel structure leads to multithreading performance degradation over time, in addition to potential memory conflicts even though this operating system using preemptive multitasking as previous editions of Windows XP have. Compare this highly fragmented and resource-intensive approach to defining the kernel of an operating system to the approach Microsoft is taking with the MinWin kernel which will only have the host and Guest Virtual Machine (GVM) kernels and a virtualization agent that will act as the coordinator or synchronizer of multithreaded applications that require kernel arbitration and support. The challenge for Microsoft is to get the kernel streamlined enough to accomplish this design goal. Comparing the proposed kernel architecture MinWin to Linux, Apple and UNIX variants, Microsoft really has no choice but to slim down the kernel enough to make it support multiprocessor performance as efficiently as its competitors do. In conjunction with the MinWin design is the development of an entirely new series of kernel-related services for supporting the development of Web Services that can scale and be secure for creating transactions. Microsoft is creating the surrounding kernel components in MinWin to support and nurture the development of commercially-based Web Services that will make it possible for developers to replicate simplistic contented-based transactions for content management and delivery through the SharePoint Server applications. Microsoft has struggled to make BizTalk Server a successful enterprise-wide application as well. As Windows 7 will be delivered in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions with both clients and enterprise server editions in each of these variations, the intention is to have this next-generation operating system serve as the basis of Web Services design and custom development. Microsoft's core customer bases for their operating systems are enterprise accounts where the licensing strategies and requirements are complex, expensive and reward upgrades over rip-and-replace strategies on the part of their customers. One of the most complex pricing strategies in the software industry, Microsoft relies on enterprise accounts maintenance fees for a large percentage of their profits. With Windows Vista the enterprise strategy has been slow to evolve yet Windows 7 and its MinWin kernel with transaction-based ancillary components including a Transaction Coordinator, Logging Service, Kernel Transaction Manager and Lightweight Transactions Web Services set, Microsoft is deliberately designing the ancillary kernel modules to make Windows 7 more of a development platform for Web Services than any previous generation of any Windows 32-bit or 64-based operating system."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Yardena Arar (2008, December). Microsoft Sets the Stage for Windows 7. PC World, 26(12), 16-18. Retrieved December 1, 2008, from ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry database. (Document ID: 1602259561).
  • Tom Spring (2008, December). Leaner Windows 7 Will Let You Add Features A la Carte. PC World, 26(12), 18. Retrieved December 1, 2008, from ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry database. (Document ID: 1602259571).

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