Thoughts on Windows 7

I understand that Microsoft needs to move forward with their Operating Systems. What I don’t understand is all the hype that is getting. Especially for something that won’t come out until possibly 2010.

I remember sitting at my desk on the Windows 95 support team (yep, I worked for but never was employed by Microsoft) previewing an alpha copy of “Nashville” – technically it was suppose to be Windows 96, but the OS was revamped and then scrapped for 98. All I could think of while playing with the browser was “Why when 95 was doing so well?”

3 years was a good amount of time to jump to the next OS, Windows 2000. For me it was short lived because I then jumped instantly to XP. Besides, at that time I was supporting Windows NT, and nobody wanted to make the move to 2000.

I have been on XP for 7 years. Got an MCP in installation and support for it. Now it is on its way out for an OS that has problems supporting the hardware it’s on.

Bottom line is when finally shows its strength, I would have expected it to be around more than 3 years. In the one year has been out the hardware has caught up to it. There are some problems with new machines, but definitely not as many as a year ago. I still wouldn’t put it on an older machine.

Windows 7 looks nice, that is, if I saw the correct screenshots of it. The idea is great, but I really don’t like to get my pawprints on the screen. And it only leads us to a no keyboard or mouse revolution. Some might like that, but like my phones, I like raised buttons.

Computerworld’s Preston Gralla suggested that this might just be Vista SP2 in disguise. That may be true, but then couldn’t you just say XP is Windows 2000 v2? Or maybe we should just call it Windows 95 version 6.

Multi-touch, Silverlight, and maybe a lot of Microsoft (insert name here) Live. I would guess a scaled down version would be used for OLPC and UMPC machines – especially with the Multi-touch technology. The reality is most machines will get a lot smaller and might not have even a CD or DVD drive on it.

I think the early press conference brought two things to the forefront: 1. So twits like me can talk about it on their Podcasts and Blogs. 2. So Bill Gates can show his involvement one more time before his so called “Retirement”.

Still, the question is, “Why is this such a big issue in the IT world?” Business infrastructure will not adopt it until the OS is proven to work and be secure. Most users won’t even start to use it until Windows 7 SP1 (or Windows Vista SP2 r.2) is released.

Do we really hate Vista THAT much? How many of those Vista haters used Vista for more than 3 weeks on a newer machine? Maybe we’re proving that we are a media driven society and want to work over anything that comes out of the mainstream path.

The reality is 3-4 years IS a great plan for a new OS. 3-4 years is the lifespan of a computer. Not sure if that will ever change for newer technology usually dictates that. So with your new computer you might as well get the spiffiest Operating System that will enhance your life and make everything including toast. So Windows 7 it is in 2010.

Would you like fries with that?

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