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First Glance - Windows 7

By pworlton ·
The most telling feature of Windows 7: "Built on the Windows Vista foundation..." (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/enterprise/default.mspx?tab=windows%207%20futures)

My first feelings...disappointment. Knowing that Windows 7 is slated for release sometime in 2009 gave me hope that I (and my organization) might be able to skip the Windows Vista core entirely. I'm not going to get into the whole Vista pro/con debate at this point, but suffice to say that I don't like it. It certainly won't be adopted within my medium-sized company, where programming compatability with building control devices is paramount. I recently had to uninstall XP Service Pack 3 on some machines, simply because it is "unsupported".

My hope was that Microsoft would learn from the Vista debacle with less than 30% buy-in among businesses even now. But in true Microsoft form, they continue to push alleged "innovation" down our throats. There is no arguing that some of those innovations are designed to be beneficial. But they are not universally beneficial.

My hope for Windows 7 was that Microsoft would take market input to heart. I was hoping that Windows 7 Professional would adopt some modularity, like Linux or Netware systems. Who would object to additional features if they could opt not to install them in the first place? How cool would it be if you could simply download a 3rd-party replacement for some feature you don't like?

But that isn't the Microsoft mindset. There is no talk of modularity in all the marketing hype for Windows 7. I'm saddened that an operating system I have invested so much into over the last thirteen years has gone this direction. I've spent a lot of time learning about Linux over the past few months, and while I don't think Linux is currently the answer to Vista, I'm hopeful that as Microsoft bulls ahead Linux will become a viable alternative to those they've left behind.

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