According to Ron Herardian, chief systems architect of Global System Services Corp. (a Microsoft partner in Mountain View, Calif), Windows 7 is what Vista should have been. Heradian was quoted in this article about the competition between Mac Snow Leopard and Windows 7:
“Vista was an enormous blunder — a disaster. Windows 7 is Vista, fixed, but Microsoft was smart enough to not call it ‘Vista Service Pack 2.'”
Not to mention the fact that you can’t really charge for service packs. My work computer came with Vista installed and during each of my frequent sessions with our tech support, I find occasion to say “I hate Vista,” to which the tech support guy says “I hate Vista, too.”
First, Vista screws up your computer and sets defaults you’d never choose in a million years. Then, when you dig around enough to find out what you should be able to do to fix your problem, you find out that Vista won’t let you do it. I hate Vista.
I’m hoping Santa will bring me Windows 7, since Microsoft is charging for it. But, really, I think they should just call it SP 2 and give it to Vista users — with apologies.