Originally Posted by walterman
Each version of a new OS should run 'better' than the previous version, and not being a resource hog like we have seen in the past.
The only problem is that isn't even close to reality because every OS uses more resources over time. I could probably boot into DOS 6.22 on my I7 in about 3/4 of a second and it would consume less than 1MB of ram. The main thing is that with each iteration more features are added and the code becomes more complex.
If there were a feature freeze and each release was to optimize the exisiting code, I could definitely see that happen. That's kind of what Windows 7 is in relation to Vista. It will be interesting to see what Windows 8 does bring in comparison. They will have to slim some of the processes and try to optimize as much as possible to get into smaller hardware. I have 16 tabs open in IE consuming 760MB of ram. That wouldn't even be possible on most tablets today.