Why You Should Wait
to Buy an iPad
WINDOWS 7 AND
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Apple’s iPad is a well-built
machine with features
worth having, but it also
has some shortcomings
that might make it a
less-than-ideal choice for
people who are looking for
a true mobile companion.
Here are 10 reasons why
the iPad might not be
worth buying right now.
In the months since the October release of Microsoft’s Windows 7, the company says some 90 million licenses
have been sold. However, as with any large system release,
problems and kinks have inevitably emerged.
Many IT administrators’ complaints centered around the
lack of an upgrade path. “Many of my associates view the
lack of a direct XP to Windows 7 upgrade path as ‘payback’
from Microsoft for customers who rejected Vista,” Henry
Cobb, engineer and director of Auburn University’s Research
Electronics Support Facility, wrote to e WEEK. “I think this
could be the single most important fix that Microsoft needs
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Cobb also found Windows 7’s OS footprint to be a concern.
“The ‘bloat’ of Windows 7 is most likely due to the number of
people involved in the development of the code,” Cobb wrote.
“I’m sure this was done to speed the product out the door, but
it results in code duplication as well as marginal features.”
Microsoft built Windows XP Mode into Windows 7,
which runs applications within a virtualized Windows XP
Service Pack 3 environment. It works with Windows 7
Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise editions, accessible
via the Windows 7 task bar by right-clicking.
But some IT administrators and business owners found
Windows XP Mode to be slow to start up and run. “I did
set up one machine as virtual XP but [it] was slow and
inaccurate,” Lloyd Hudson, head of Financial Safeguards
Group, wrote to e WEEK. “If possible, Windows 7 needs to
be more backward compatible.”
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finds all the nodes automatically. This is an alterna-
tive for companies that don’t want to upgrade to
new Windows operating systems every few years.
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Other complaints centered on a lack of drivers for certain
devices, but this problem seems to have been solved in
many respects. Communication with devices running on the
network also proved an initially thorny issue for some.
Microsoft also has dealt with complaints of poor battery
life for some laptops upgraded to the operating system, with
a percentage of users reporting a drastically reduced charge.
In a Feb. 8 posting on the Engineering Windows 7 blog,
Windows President Steven Sinofsky suggested that the fault
ultimately lay in the batteries themselves, not in anything
having to do with Windows 7.
Rumors have circulated of a Service Pack for Windows 7 in
the works. The release date for such a Service Pack is still a
matter of conjecture. However, it’s likely that at least a portion
of current IT pro complaints will be taken into consideration.
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