Though we have seen many stories of upgrade problems, endless reboot sequences, respected sources with bad results, and various other problems, Windows 7 has officially been declared a success.
When I say officially, of course I mean the man I believe should be given the title of Pope of Computing, John C. Dvorak, has given the release a seal of approval. For many, that is all it will need.
Microsoft got things right for the most part this time out, but Windows 7 is far from perfect. Here’s the good and bad of the new OS—and the ways in which Microsoft will wind up mucking it all up in the end.
John tells about the upgrade mess. If you don’t now know that in-place upgrades are playing Russian roulette with your data and your computer you are hopelessly stupid.
He explains that notebooks, for the most part, take Windows 7 without much trouble.
Gaming is not doing really well, but it was that way with Windows Vista, and, if you remember, Windows XP. There were plenty of broken games with each of the last 3 upgrades (Windows XP, Windows XP SP2, and then the worst, Windows Vista).
John also speaks about the driver problems some people are having, though it is not widespread.
He talks about the snappy performance being reported, which he attributes to caching. It might be that, but I think that it is more. I believe that visual and audio cues have been put there to make us believe Windows 7 is faster than it really is.
Dvorak seems to have settled on the look and feel, proclaiming it ‘comfy’. I agree is is nicer than Vista, but I’d hardly call it comfy. The lack of the logical menu system is, for me a big problem. As I was at the Microsoft seminars yesterday, I was drifting off in other thought momentarily, and I realized that more than just a lack of an organized menu was the problem. Windows for Work Groups did not have the menu system, but it also did not taunt us with the chance to look at one, just out of our reach. That is what Windows 7 does. It is taunting us with a sensible system, but keeping it away from our usage. People like me, who are not natural typists, get very frustrated typing in things in a small box. (It was actually easier with a command line – you knew you were going to type, there was no other way. Now, I wonder if Microsoft is going to be able to ‘keep them down on the farm’, now that they know what pointing with a mouse and clicking is all about.)
Dvorak finishes up with –
Windows 7 put Microsoft back on track. So where do we go from here? Well, if all goes according to Microsoft’s traditional pattern, the company will pre-announce the next OS, codenamed something stupid and obscure like Loganberry, Pygmy, or Seagull. Microsoft execs will promise all sorts of fantastic new features that we’ve all been waiting for. Development on the OS will have already been underway for a year, and the results will be touted as being better than anything that came before. Microsoft will promise the OS for 2013, and it will be delivered in 2014, with most of the promised features missing.
In the meantime, patches for Windows 7 will begin to roll out. Most of these will be security patches. Each one will slow down the OS until it’s a complete dog by 2011, and then Microsoft will roll out SP1 to “fix everything.” The pundits will rave about how great Windows 7 SP1 is, while complaining about how long it took for Microsoft to deliver it.
In other words, here we go again.
And that is the way it was… (Dvorak doesn’t mention touch at all, which is strange, as he gets the inside on everything, and yet makes no mention – after seeing the cool things about touch, the only thing missing are the screens in quantity, and the changes in programs. I wonder how long that will take.)