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Windows 7 Review by Softpedia

Windows 7 Review by Softpedia
By Marius Oiaga, Technology News Editor

17th of October 2009

On October 22nd, 2009, Microsoft will reboot Windows. Next week, just five days from now, Windows 7 will hit store shelves worldwide. And yet, there already are millions of users currently running Windows 7, including the gold version of the operating system. For the early adopters that have embraced Windows 7 since before Milestone 3 approximately a year ago, through the Beta Build 7000 and Release Candidate (RC) Build 7100, and every other leaked interim development release of the OS, the Windows reboot has already taken place. A new apex of Windows is now booting on production environment computers on a daily basis, including a few of the machines I’m using.

On October 22nd, 2009, Microsoft will reboot its operating system to the best Windows client the company has developed since MSDOS. Some might be fooled into thinking that Windows 7 was a less ambitious project than Vista, and only a minor upgrade. I disagree. To put it simply, Windows 7 is a result of realistic strategy, made public only in bite-size chunks with the tactic to underpromise and overdeliver. And make no mistake about it, Steven Sinofsky, now president, Windows and Windows Live Division, together with Jon DeVaan, senior vice president, Windows Core Operating System Division, and the thousands of developers on the Windows team, have indeed overdelivered.

The legacy

Windows 7 is so far from the mess that was Vista that it is hard to believe that it is the successor of Windows XP that acted as the foundation of the latest iteration of the Windows client. Vista debuted to a barrage of criticism, some of which originated with the platform’s own testers slapping Microsoft for the release of what they believed to be an OS still far from being finalized. Appearing aimless, bloated and plagued with problems, Vista was only fixed with Service Pack 1, as far as end users are concerned.

But the fact of the matter is that Vista deserves a lot more credit than given. After all, make no mistake about it, dig just a little under the new, shiny Windows 7 surface and you will find Vista. And yet Windows 7 is getting nothing but love and accolades, while Vista got the boot. On numerous occasions I’ve had to sit through anti-Vista diatribes from users who had never used the operating system at all.

But in a sense, Vista also acted as the perfect buffer for Windows 7. Users transformed Vista into a punching bag, and relentlessly took swings at the operating system. Vista simply absorbed a lot of frustration from consumers, albeit it also generated more than its fair share, but it managed to give Microsoft a quasi-clean slate for Windows 7. I don’t care what your perspective on Windows 7 is, but the platform shines when you compare it to Vista, no matter how you look at it.

Conclusion

The way I planned the final thoughts initially was to offer an answer to “Should I buy Windows 7?” After all, the scope of every good review is to make it clear whether a product is worth your money. If it’s worth a computer upgrade or buying a new machine. If it’s worth your time and trouble. If it’s better than its precursor.

Well, let me start with the last question. As I’ve said at the start of this piece, Windows 7 is a reboot for the Windows client. A reboot that introduces customers to the evolution of Microsoft’s proprietary operating system. Projects from Microsoft Research such as Midori, Singularity and Barrelfish will feed the imagination of geeks everywhere, but Windows 7 is already palpable and almost here.

This time around there are no more excuses for waiting for Windows Next, which as far as codenames go is Windows 8. Windows 7 is hands down better than Windows Vista, and I have no hesitation in saying this, despite the Windows 6.0 to Windows 6.1 evolution. And while incomparably superior to Vista, Windows 7 makes Windows XP feel old and obsolete, just like an OS released in 2001 should feel.

This time around there aren’t any excuses for waiting around for Windows 7 SP1. Think of Vista SP1 and SP2 as all the service packs Windows 7 has ever needed. And while perfecting the operating system is a path Microsoft has embarked on already, Windows 7 is also ready for prime time and mainstream adoption from the get go.

For me, Windows 7 was more than worth the trouble of what must be approximately 100 upgrades and clean installs. Windows 7 was also worth the money I paid recently for a new laptop. I have already run Windows 7 for the most part of 2009 and when using Vista or XP I find myself searching for the Show Desktop shortcut in the bottom right hand side corner, trying to arrange windows side by side with Aero Snap, right-clicking icons while searching for JumpLists. For me it’s clear, I’m never going back to Vista or XP, as Windows 7 offered me a superior experience to both, and to any Linux distribution as well as Mac OS X release I’ve ever used.

Source/full review: Softpedia

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