Posted by: Jamen Koos
CNET, Google, Mac OS X, Microsoft, Operating System, OS X, Steve Ballmer, Windows, Windows 7
Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal: “Windows 7 is a very good, versatile operating system that should help Microsoft bury the memory of Vista and make PC users happy.”
CNET: “Windows 7 is more than what Vista should have been, it’s where Microsoft needed to go.”
David Pogue of the New York Times: “looks like 7 is a lucky number after all.”
Engadget: “Windows 7 has patched up the holes and feels like a tight, unified mechanism,”
My point here is not to alter your opinion on Window 7.
I do mean to say that I have extensively used XP, Mac OS X, and Vista, and of the three I liked Vista the most. My guess is that I will enjoy 7 more than Vista. Personally, I have a strong opinion that it became trendy to poke fun of/speak negatively toward Vista 1/3 thanks to the unfair and deceitful commercials Apple spent dozens of millions of dollars to distribute in the last few years, 1/3 because of the negative connotation many U.S. consumers have of the Microsoft brand (big, bad, ruthless corporation), and 1/3 because there are a lot of ‘nerds’ out there who want to build their reputation as being an avid Operating System evaluator, and being very critical of a particular OS is a good way to do that. I am positive that Vista doesn’t deserve 75% of the harsh words spoken about it.
I’m fast when I use my computer, and tend to run a lot of applications at once. My pet peeve with PC’s is either slow system response or a complete lack thereof. I experienced a complete system freeze and had to resort to a cold restart with my XP machines probably once a week. With Mac OS X—more often than once a week. On the couple of Vista machines I use regularly (where I’m running more applications of varying kinds than ever before), I’ve resorted to a cold restart just a handful of times in the last 2 years. This is the thrust behind my liking Vista.
Having said that, I still encourage Microsoft to move forward. I encourage Apple to do the same for their OS’s. And I’m very curious to see how Google does. I’ve never used an OS that impressed me in all regards. I wrote previously on the topic of “listening to one person’s account or opinion of an OS” and how I believe it isn’t very useful in an attempt to formulate one’s own well-rounded view. I will say, then, that you shouldn’t believe Vista is good and Windows 7 may be better just because I say so. Just the same, you’d be unwise to believe Vista and Windows 7 aren’t good because a Mac commercial said so—some people (and entire organizations) are willing to fight unfairly.