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Windows 7 – Great OS? or the Greatest OS from MSFT?

by David M. Smith  |  February 2, 2009  |  2 Comments

OK, Colbert fans, now that I have your attention.  Of course the real Stephen would ask this tongue in cheek, but I ask it seriously.  I’ve been running Windows 7 beta, and before that the PDC pre-release in production since October.  Having tested many MSFT OSes over the years, including the infamous Longhorn PDC build, which was unusable, i had low realistic expectations. But I would have to say that all signs point towards it being a big success when it is released.

I was piqued by this blog post that mentioned a campaign urging Microsoft to release Windows 7 now.  I also agree that it won’t happen, but it’s got to be a promising ray of light in an otherwise tough stretch of news for the company.  If they really wanted to, they could practically ship it now, it’s really that good.  And those of you who can’t wait for Win 7, you don’t. It is, after all, available to anyone (at least for the next few days), and you can run it for free until the end of July.  At which time, the likelihood of a released version is pretty high. I’d be surprised if it it isn’t generally available by then.

So what do you think?

OK, I’ll put you down for great :-)


Tags: microsoft  os  windows-7  

David Mitchell Smith
VP & Gartner Fellow
16 years at Gartner
30 years IT industry

David Mitchell Smith is a vice president and Gartner Fellow in Gartner Research, where he specializes in the impact of catalytic technologies such as the Internet, Web 2.0, cloud computing and consumer technologies. Read Full Bio

Thoughts on Windows 7 – Great OS? or the Greatest OS from MSFT?

  1. Windows 7 working for you and Windows 7 being ready for enterprise deployment are two differnet things, and I hope readers remember that. Windows Vista has been blasted in the press and a lot of organizations are thinking about skipping it. But the product is a lot better than its press, and for some, it’s still the right way to go.

    Whenever Windows 7 ships, it will be a good 12-18 months before companies can deploy it broadly. ISV support will need to come. Application testing will need to be performed. Images will need to be built and tested. And pilots will need to be run. Therefore, broad deployment won’t start till 1H11 for most companies.

    It’s gotten harder for an OS to really innovate with new features that will motivate significant investment in migration. That may not happen again. So the object for installing a new OS has become making sure that you’re on a platform that your ISVs support with their applications. By 2012, this won’t be Windows XP anymore. So if you skip Vista, you’ll need to spend money to forklift your PCs from XP to Windows 7 in 2011 and 2012. And if you can’t afford to do that project, the amount of XP left in your organization may be a real problem when it comes to running new versions of your critical apps.

  2. david smith says:

    thanks Mike. I agree with your comments.

    … i guess i’ll put you down for ‘great’ :-)

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