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Well that didn't take long...

Yesterday evening I concluded my test run with Windows 7 beta on my laptop. Now, for some perspective, Vista lasted all of 48 hours on one of my machines. Windows 7 went for five whole days.

It's generally inoffensive, and there are some interesting enhancements (such as the option to see more detailed info when you are doing a mass file copy). "Show me all the options" buttons are everywhere in the control panels -- a nice nod to the fact that not all of us need the stuper simplified menus. The basic security model also seems to be more rational than Vista's out of the box stance. And it's very pretty.

That being said, pretty doesn't get any work done. In the end, I didn't find anything particularly compelling about it. As many of us in IT have become accustomed to thinking about Microsoft at least it doesn't break a lot of things that are working fine now.

This really is a product that's all about maintaining a revenue stream, not about technological advancement. To-wit, someone has crafted a desktop theme for XP that makes it look like Windows 7 beta's default Aero theme. Everything I saw in Win 7 that I liked could be provided in XP in "XP SP4". Then again, this is all about revenue. So, I'll probably have to look at this again when work adopts it. At least it doesn't break a lot of things that are working fine now.

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also_huey
Feb. 3rd, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
So what you're saying is that the only compelling reason to move off of XP will be when M$ EOLs it and forces everyone to give them some more money?

I think they'll half-succeed. I think they'll EOL it, and XP will be the last M$ OS I buy. As time goes on, I'm finding fewer and fewer compelling reasons to have something other than Ubuntu or OSX on my daily driver, and "Give us some more money, because we told you to" isn't something I find persuasive.

I wonder how many enterprise IT shops will feel the same way when the time comes.
netcurmudgeon
Feb. 3rd, 2009 11:25 am (UTC)
So what you're saying is that the only compelling reason to move off of XP will be when M$ EOLs it and forces everyone to give them some more money?

Yeah, pretty much.

The current econcomy - IMO - makes Microsoft's position even more awkward. We had some folks from Gartner in last week. One of their key points for IT cost containment was go open source for as many things as you can.
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