No one can help but notice the huge interest lately for Microsoft’s Windows 7, but can you blame them? We are talking about replacing Vista, quite possibly one of the worst operating systems every created, with something that claims to be better. After dealing with Vista for the past two and a half years, most consumers will jump at the mere possibility of a replacement. Vista’s emergence onto the market did a few key things. First, though Microsoft still controls the operating system market, it made way for Macintosh to blossom and even poke fun at Microsoft’s and their blunder that is Vista through a huge marketing campaign, which we are all familiar with. Secondly, Vista’s creation sharply damaged Microsoft’s perception in the market, as well as put pressure on them to make something better.
Now what made Vista such a complete and utter failure? Well, it starts with the launch, which in my opinion was at a time when a new operating system was not close to a necessity. Microsoft seemed to build some big hype to get people ready for a great new operating system, which was not even needed and worst, did not even live up to the hype! In the world of operating systems, quality beats quantity any day, and people loved and still love XP. So, why make competition when you are creating something which functions worst than its predecessor? It was just a recipe for disaster. The next issue is that Vista is just too darn big! There are almost twice as many lines of code then there are in XP, and codes that were not optimized, which made for a system that ran entirely too slowly. When XP runs faster than Vista, please explain to me how that is going to encourage someone to purchase a new computer? And, additionally, and this could be just my laptop, but it seems like there is no life on the battery! Vista? Is that You? Now this discussion can go on and on forever, but I would like to get to the good stuff, which is the launch of the new Microsoft operating system that is getting great reviews, Windows 7.
Windows 7 seems to be living up to the hype, and on Microsoft.com, it gets an 8 out of 10 rating, which is respectable. Seems like Microsoft finally took the time to listen to what users wanted, and they went with usability and functionality with Windows 7 rather that the fluff and show that came with Vista. However, until I try it for myself, I will be unable to say exactly its pros and cons, but until then, I am happy to see a new option out there.
Now, just to clarify myself, in all actuality, I do not think Windows 7 will be “the end all be all,” mainly due to its price tag of $120.00, the struggling economy, and of course consumers trajectory towards the free. And, there are many options for open source software that compete, and these may make the sale of Windows 7 a struggle. But, like I previously mentioned, Windows 7 is a dramatic step up from Vista, so all we can do at this point is wait and see how the actual market plays out. However, with all the hype and disappointment behind Vista, a few consumers may still be a bit skeptical, but like I said before, anything is an improvement from Vista! Thus, I am fairly certain many Microsoft users will welcome Windows 7 with open arms, and hopefully they will be happy with this new option!
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