Windows 7 Journal Episode 1: Windows Vista

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Last 2007, Microsoft released to the world what would be a striking new operating system. Hyped by the fact that Windows didn’t get an upgrade since Windows XP was released in 2001, the world was excited with the release of Windows Vista. Microsoft also made new promises with Vista, such as IE 7, Gadgets, Aero, and DirectX 10. At that point however, those promises were only in words. Did Microsoft actually deliver the promises itself through Vista?

Then came that faithful day when the OS was unleashed. For sure, many people purchased the new operating system, but whether the OS would stay on their computer after a week was another matter. Unfortunately for Microsoft, Vista did not deliver. The hype died down and was replaced with criticisms, complaints, and inflammatory reviews on Amazon.com. Users were betrayed with steep system requirements, flawed security software, bad backward compatibility, and a messy user interface.

What made things even worse was that Microsoft took a terrible beating from OS rival Apple Inc, whose OS, OS X Leopard, gained the favor of many amidst Vista’s failure to please its users. As a Mac user myself, I also criticized the fact that Microsoft’s new operating system was almost completely dependent on features that were already in OS X, such as Widgets (which were renamed to Gadgets by Microsoft), quick search, transparent and smooth-flowing interface, and integrated software. Such “fraud” became the excuse for Mac users to backlash against Microsoft for such incompetence in creating new ideas, rather simply copying features from rivals and molding it into their own.

Although service packs are being used to remedy many of the problems that plague Vista, the OS was already scarred, earning a place as one of the worst tech flops in computing history. How humiliating it was for Microsoft to have its predessesor, Windows XP, still gaining the upper advantage in sales and reception over its latest entry. The 8-year old operating is still not obsolete.

This is where Microsoft wants to completely remedy that failure it released. Now listening to users, they are making the next generation of Windows based on user-feedback, one that users can say they have made a contribution to. This is what Windows 7 plans to do. Now that the beta is in the hands of the ordinary user, real changes will soon start rolling in. Vista can soon be forgotten as a distant memory as Microsoft and the world are ready to move on to better things.

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~ by Ian on February 28, 2009.

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