Microsoft cautions hardware makers to start Windows 7 testing

June 2, 2008

Microsoft cautions hardware makers to start Windows 7 testing In an attempt to avoid what happened after Vista was released, Microsoft has cautioned hardware makers to begin Windows 7 testing as soon as the first beta version is released.

Let’s take a trip back in time to the holiday season of 2006 and Windows Vista wasn’t yet available.  But, Vista “capable” or “ready” systems were only they weren’t so much ready.

Leaving the Aero Glass debacle aside, there were many device driver compatibility problems.  Some say it’s because Microsoft failed to provide the companies with proper documentation so they could produce adequate drivers.  Others blame the device drivers for not adequately testing Vista with their hardware.

This cautionary warning to hardware makers is most certainly an attempt to avoid these problems when Windows 7 is released.  However, these problems most likely won’t exist in the first place.

Windows 7 is based on Vista, it uses the same kernel and is all set up to be compatible with Windows Vista drivers.

It should be noted that hardware currently not working in Vista will not work in Windows 7.

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6 Responses to “Microsoft cautions hardware makers to start Windows 7 testing”

  1. zelrik:

    lol, since when the hardware has to deal with the software, shouldnt it be the opposite????

  2. Brian:

    Ummm, are you trying to have hardware companies just tell you to go take a flying leap. They’re not there to cater to you Bill, maybe they’ll go hang out with Steve or the Penguin family of things. Stick with the 360, it’s the only thing left you’re good at.

  3. Jonathan:

    Maybe you’ve heard of a little thing called drivers that support hardware within the operating system. It would be ridiculous to think that Microsoft could test every device on the planet, so no, it shouldn’t be the other way around.

    Could it have been worded better in retrospect, perhaps, I will give you that.

  4. Fernando F:

    I can’t wait to see the new ads of Windows 7 and Apple…. “but you were suppose to be better than Vista… what happened PC?”

  5. ken:

    “It would be ridiculous to think that Microsoft could test every device on the planet, so no, it shouldn’t be the other way around.”

    Pretty odd comment in the context of your Linux rants. What happened to

    “I hear that ATi cards really are a problem for X-Server… hmmmm, just imagine if Windows was plagued with these problems ..”

  6. Anon:

    “Windows 7 is based on Vista, it uses the same kernel and is all set up to be compatible with Windows Vista drivers.”

    You’ve got to remember, Windows 7 is still in it’s early-alpha stages. It basically runs on top of Vista coding for testing purposes.

    There’s really no use in debating the issue as of yet, though. We’ll probably see after WinHEC 2008&2009.

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