Win7, Microsoft’s Redemption?

With much ado, Windows 7 was released world wide yesterday.  The reviews are in and they seem uniformly positive.

The Guardian: Windows 7 is simply the best version of Windows you can get…a lot less buggy than Apple’s Snow Leopard.

Slate: the new Windows is not only the best operating system that Microsoft has ever produced. It is arguably the fastest, most intuitive, and most useful consumer desktop OS on the market today. Windows 7 edges out Snow Leopard…in several important ways and will leave any computers running an older version of the Mac OS in the dust.  [A]fter using it for a few weeks, you’ll remember what it was like to be in love with your PC.

NY Times: Windows 7 means that Microsoft employees can show up in public without avoiding eye contact. Looks like 7 is a lucky number after all.

AP: [I]f you’ve been weighing a Mac versus a Windows PC, then you should know that “7” makes Windows more attractive… is now easier to use and better looking than it was before, while maintaining its core advantage of cheaper, more diverse hardware.  Perhaps the most exciting thing about Windows 7 is that it’s inspiring computer manufacturers to try new things, and reviving old ideas like touch-enabled “tablet” PCs. It’s breathing new life into the computer market.

PC World:  [H]elps make Windows 7 the least distracting, least intrusive Microsoft OS in a very long time. It’s a giant step forward from the days when Windows thought nothing of interrupting your work to inform you that it had de­­tected unused icons on your desktop.

Gizmodo: Windows 7 is the biggest step forward in usability since Windows 95.

Cnet: Windows 7 is more than just spin. It’s stable, smooth, and highly polished, introducing new graphical features, a new taskbar that can compete handily with the Mac OS X dock, and device management and security enhancements that make it both easier to use and safer.

Wall Street Journal: After using pre-release versions of Windows 7 for nine months, and intensively testing the final version for the past month on many different machines, I believe it is the best version of Windows Microsoft…has produced. It’s a boost to productivity and a pleasure to use…I can heartily recommend Windows 7 to mainstream consumers.

Of course there are nits to pick in each of these reviews, but overall they are good.

I like that MS managed to keep a couple things until launch.  Some great art as down loadable themes–I like the Chinese Zodiac one–and a Media Center plugin for Internet TV.  Did MS release anything else that a Beta to RC to RTM user might not have noticed?  Let me know in the comments.

If your computer came with Vista pre-installed, an upgrade to 7 is well worth the cost and effort.  If you are still running XP, then you should wait until purchasing new hardware to make the switch.  Mac users should wait until Apple gets bootcamp updated later this year (if you are not one of those who will be disallowed from running it due to artificial constraints from Apple.)

Edit: Ars is reporting that if you want to run Win7 on Apple hardware then you have to purchase Apple’s latest OS too.  As often as Apple intentionally screws their users…it is amazing how supportive said users are.


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