Thursday, October 22, 2009

7 Thoughts About Windows 7

Today is a big day for Microsoft, - the launch of its Windows 7. Should it be holiday for the rest of the world?

Practically all analysts agree that:
1. Windows 7 is not a great breakthrough. Rather, it's a polished version of its unripe and slow predecessor. Well, it works better, - for some tasks, and some PCs. But is it the thing YOU desperately need?

If you tell me it's not about personal feelings, but about making your business more competitive, think again:
What Windows 7 does the XP doesn't?
Even conceptually?

2. Yet, switching to Windows 7 is just a question of "When", rather than "If".

Here are 7 Thoughts I've just compiled in my Mini-News format (click them to see their best related citations):
  1. Upgrading to Windows 7 has a low ROI
  2. Biggest competitor of Microsoft for its Windows 7 is ... Microsoft!
  3. Multi-touch in Windows 7 supports yet non-existent demand
  4. 64-bit Windows 7 adds speed, but requires more hardware power
  5. Windows 7 is hardly faster than previous Windows
  6. New Windows 7 is not a completely new OS
  7. ... soon...

But if you are interested to hear opinion on Windows 7 from the person who currently runs Windows 98 on his 10 years' old desktop, - and THAT'S ME! - keep reading.

I know, I know, my life mentality can be distorted by the need to live outside financially rich countries. But sometimes it can be useful. For example, for watching this fuss about Windows 7 from a different perspective.

It's not like the "Microsoft-free PC" initiative the company's main rival announced last year. (In that case it simply was an attempt to replace Microsoft with its own business). What I am proposing is to think about how to become not addicted to the products you can live without.

My main conclusion so far is the following:
The Windows 7 is a typical child of GREED and OVER-CONSUMPTION!
Yet, ... it's definitely a must-have thing to feel alive in our crazy world.

The sad reality is that Microsoft, and the whole industry in turn, will make belief the products they previously created do not exist, - despite the latter work quite well.

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