Over the past few days Bryant from AeroXP.org, a popular Windows enthusiasts community, has been writing a series of posts titled “The Five Pillars of Windows 7“. In these posts, predictably five in total, he reveals and discusses a lot of interesting tidbits about the next version of Windows. The information presented is highly interesting and encouraging for any Windows enthusiast, but one could easily become tangled in the web of optimism.
To shed some light on the matter, the information Bryant sources actually comes from the “Windows Feedback Button” that is in the current builds of Windows 7. This tool allows users to leave their thoughts on the Windows 7 experience categorized by a list of “pillars” and “scenarios” as predefined by Microsoft. With each scenario is a brief description of what it is about. For example,
If you actually compare what’s described in the screenshots above with what appears on AeroXP.org, you’d notice a difference, they are not the same descriptions. Because Microsoft’s descriptions are somewhat short and vague, what Bryant has done is added in his own interpretation, knowledge and speculations about what these scenarios mean. Arguably that’s what all bloggers do, but remember he might be wrong or he might be right. The descriptions are not facts.
Another point to note is that these are not Microsoft promises, but merely areas Microsoft has identified to improve on. The important difference is that they simply can’t be held accountable if not all of these scenarios are actually realized because they didn’t indicate they would do so. These are goals Microsoft is working towards, reaching them is another matter. Set your expectations accordingly.
In short, take everything you read, including what you read on this site, with a grain of salt.