The cutting room floor, I don't even want to know what gets skipped on this next OS.
I was really looking forward to skipping over DX10 and wddm1. No one has really embraced DX10 so why not skip the hell over it now smoothly. No, Microsoft will make you embrace it, even if it takes not making anymore DX versions you'll use DX10 and like it or else.
DX11 would've been great to fix DX10 and wddm issues. Hopefully wddm2 will be a reality soon anyway, but will require new HW to utilize it. Even a year before Vista was out the wddm team new wddm 1 had some issues that needed to be fixed in wddm2. It's not like DX10 and wddm 1 couldn't be backwards compatible on the OS for existing legacy HW.
People can praise DX10 all they want, but it running the same type of functions as dx9 and performing worse every time shows there is obvious room for improvement needed.
I really hope Windows 7 isn't to Vista like what Millenium was to 98. Unfortunately it will likely be just that and them trying to get some of the stuff working in Vista that they couldn't during the 5 years of Longhorn development and restarts.This comment was edited on Feb 10, 14:40.