Yes, windows 7, a classic operating system, is about to say goodbye to us. Microsoft had earlier announced that it would stop all support for Windows 7 next year, January 14, 2020. Win7 users have also received more and more frequent Win10 upgrade notifications, Microsoft specifically released a KB4493132, reminding Win7 users to upgrade to Win10.
Microsoft recently frequently pushed notifications to Win7 users to upgrade to Win10, Win7 is about to stop supporting
Win7’s suspension of all updates means that Win7 will not be updated with any new features or even any security fixes, and there will be more and more software games that are incompatible with Win7, and Win7 will become more vulnerable to virus trojans. Even so, however, there are still people who stick to Win7, and the status of Win7 in the eyes of consumers is evident in the failure to upgrade to Win10.
Yes, in the minds of many users, the Weight of the Win7 is much heavier than the Win10. Although Win7 was the operating system of a decade ago, it still has a large number of users – until this year, Win10’s number of users was outstripping Win7; Why is Win7 so popular with users for ten years? Why doeswin10 never do so well? Let’s talk today.
Win7: Between Being in Distress
When it comes to win7’s success, you have to say that it failed from its predecessor, Windows Vista. It’s normal that many friends are familiar with Vista, which is probably one of the least popular Windows systems.
Many friends will feel strange about Windows Vista.
Windows Vista was born after a generation of classic Windows XP, which is one of Microsoft’s biggest changes to Windows. Vista updated the system kernel from XP NT 5.1 to NT 6.0, and numerous other changes were made, Aero UI, Memory SuperFetch, UAC, new Yablack font, introduction of search index, WDDM graphics card driver model, construction of WDM audio system, Explorer, Task Manager innovation, intelligent network management, better x64 in the 32-bit operating environment … Until Win10, there were still many traces of Vista left on the system, which is a testament to how deep Vista’s technical base is.
Vista, however, failed miserably. It has a lot of compatibility problems, and performance performance is very poor, the mainstream PC basically can not run smoothly. Despite the intense publicity campaign, Vista didn’t make much of a splash in the market, becoming a time-consuming and short-lived failure.
Vista’s failure is inextricably linked to its lengthy, long and twisty development. Microsoft in 2003 just wanted to develop a transition system between XP and Win7, but the positioning of the new system in the development process is constantly changing, in 2004 Microsoft announced a major system changes – this time, only two years before Vista officially released, a lot of work has to start again.
Vista’s stunning is not to say much, but it’s also “scary” in terms of compatibility and operational efficiency
It can be said that Vista’s development schedule is very tight, which makes Vista and Windows software development ecology is quite out of line. In the development of Vista, the development progress changes, making it difficult for other developers to do Vista compatibility work. According to the data, in July 2007, half a year after Vista’s release, 2,000 test applications were compatible with Vista, a pretty unoptimistic pace. Because of compatibility issues, Vista is not very open to regular users or gamers.
At the same time, Vista is born at a time of dying. Vista was introduced in late 2006 and early 2007, when mainstream PCs were configured as single-core CPUs and 512M RAM, and 1G RAM was not enough to run fully in real-world use. Poor compatibility and performance have left Microsoft in the throes of Windows 7 coming to life three years later.
Win7 as the successor to the loser Vista, everything is stable, the completion degree is very high, the pre-release testing session is very rigorous
Windows 7 learns the lessons of Vista, and the development process pays great attention to compatibility testing, without making major changes to the system, and even some people think that Win7 is just a UI-optimized, slightly improved Vista, there is no qualitative difference between the two.
However, the word of mouth between the two is very different. Win7 compatibility did not make any big mistake, in addition to Microsoft’s focus on compatibility work, but also because in Vista’s birth in the three years, the major developers have made the NT 6.X kernel and other aspects of the adaptation, When Win7 was born, Vista’s compatibility performance was actually pretty good. Coupled with the mainstream configuration on the market has entered the era of dual-core CPU plus 2G memory, fluidity is no longer too much of a problem.
Win7 is a fairly conservative version of Vista, but it’s also a huge success because of that. Vista’s failure has made Microsoft’s development of the Win7 extremely careful. Win7 thrived on the market for vista carcasses and became a towering tree that has been looked up to by competitors and future generations a decade later.
2Win10: Dancing in the Changing Of the Times
Win10: Dancing in the Changing Of The Times
Win7’s success is largely due to Microsoft’s quest for stability – Vista can fail as a test field, but as a result of two consecutive Windows failures, I’m afraid Microsoft will have to sweat on its back. However, conservative development strategy is not evergreen, the advent of the mobile Internet era, Microsoft had to speed up the pace of Windows development.
Win7 was announced in 2008 and 2009, and iOS is starting to set off a touch storm in the mobile market. Windows is no match for the desktop space, but competitors have changed course, and the mobile market’s highlands have become the stuff of iOS and Android. Whether it’s an incentive to expand the Windows empire, or to attack as a spoiler, Windows has taken the initiative to make a change.
Windows 8 is the product of Microsoft’s change
On the one hand, Microsoft has dramatically modified the system mechanism and appearance of mobile version of Windows, and introduced a tile interface, on the other hand, it has also revolutionized the desktop version of Windows. Desktop Windows systems not only make the UI touch-screen, but also the application ecology is also built up, Microsoft has spent a lot of effort to try to make Windows UI and application ecology compatible with both desktop and mobile environments.
However, as a product with a deep history, Windows ships are hard to turn around and can’t do the same as competitors. But the mobile Internet has brought a new round of outbreaks, iOS and Android are moving forward with a new version of the tiger-like attitude, constantly adapting new hardware and network environments, and adding new features to the new features. Windows’ traditional tri-annual feature update has made it difficult to fight a new era of change.
Win10 is updated every six months at an unprecedented rate
In short, the external environment forces Windows to need transformation, but Windows itself is very difficult to transform the project. Microsoft’s response is to speed up the development of Windows.
Starting with Windows 10, Microsoft abandoned a three-year, larger version of the update policy, pushing feature updates to users every six months — more frequent lying if you join the Windows Insider channel. To get new versions of Windows to market faster, Microsoft has even abandoned the traditional testing mechanism and replaced manual testing with automated machine testing. Under Microsoft’s aggressive strategy, Windows 10 presents a present-day posture.
It’s not hard to see that the Win10, while more advanced in many ways, is not as accomplished as Win7. In Windows 10, we often see the interfaces and components of traditional Windows, Metro/Modern, and Fluent Design mixed together, and the icon style is in tatil. In terms of stability and compatibility, Win10’s apparent performance is not as good as its predecessors, as it seems that it is not new to have to urgently fix problems after a sudden delay in updating and an update. And these are to speed up the development, reduce the testing of the consequences.
Window 10 is still a semi-finished product, not even the interface and icon style
Perhaps Microsoft still has the ability to make Win7 such a unified interface, functional stability, compatibility of the product, but with the volume of Windows, in this era, three years a more rhythm is anachronistic. Focusing on functional stability and testing means slowing the pace of functional evolution – Windows 8/8.1 still uses the traditional development rhythm, and because the development is too slow, it has a more fragmented new and old interface and function than Win10. In other words, Win10 is already Microsoft’s product after measuring development progress, feature feedback speed, and reliability.
In fact, it is not difficult to find that in this fast-growing mobile Internet era, each operating system has appeared in the same place more problems. Apple, known for its stability, has been rolling over new versions of iOS and macOS, and Google’s new Version of Android has even seen serious bugs in emptying user data. Given that Win10 needs to be compatible with so much hardware, the performance is not particularly bad.
There is no doubt that Microsoft’s well-built Win7 is definitely a complete generation classic. However, in the fast-growing mobile Internet era, the operating system needs to adapt more quickly to the changes in demand, it is difficult to appear on the market Win7 such slowly polished products.
Win10 continues its pace, which is not as steady as the previous system, but at an unprecedented pace. Perhaps we will continue to slot Win10 interface split, frequent bugs, I hope the industry can find a quality balance point, for users to bring more reliable products.