Barney's Blog

Blog archive

My Take on Windows 7

Last Thursday, Steve Ballmer was in New York announcing the availability of Windows 7. Meanwhile, I was clear across the country, in Redmond, meeting with Microsoft executives on another matter.

Before I give my take on Windows 7, I have to comment on the very notion of a product launch. For an important product, Microsoft starts by leaking details literally years before it ships. As it moves along, the company announces the various alpha and beta versions. By the time the product formally ships, hundreds of thousands are already using it.

So what's the point of launching a product that's already been launched? Publicity! Only Microsoft has the clout to make such an approach work.

While I'm usually against this hype-factory launch strategy, it's justified for Windows 7. After using 7 for the last few months, I'm not blown away by the features -- but that's not the point. The real revolution is in its stability and enhanced security. This combined with some nice interface tweaks give Microsoft an OS that stands up well to the Mac, saves IT time and headaches, and is fun to boot!

Is Windows 7 all it's cracked up to be? Answers welcome at [email protected]

Posted by Doug Barney on October 26, 2009 at 11:53 AM


Featured

  • Microsoft Readies Improvements to Teams Conferencing Hardware

    To better equip offices for meetings in the new post-lockdown, hybrid-work era, Microsoft is introducing increased functionality for Microsoft Teams hardware.

  • 2021 Microsoft Conference Calendar: For Partners, IT Pros and Developers

    Here's your guide to all the IT training sessions, partner meet-ups and annual Microsoft conferences you won't want to miss.

  • What We Know About 'Windows 11,' Microsoft's Next-Gen Client OS

    Ahead of a June 24 Microsoft presentation about the future of Windows, a pre-release build of Microsoft's next client operating system was leaked this week.

  • The 2021 Microsoft Product Roadmap

    From Windows 10X to the next generation of Microsoft's application server products, here are the product milestones coming down the pipeline in 2021.