Whither Windows 7 and its (expected) wake?

July 13, 2009

A lot may be riding on the release of Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 7, which is due in October, not the least of which is an expected rush of advertising to support everything from the software itself, to the computers it will run on to the rival computers it will not run on.

This surge of business is seen coming just as the holiday shopping session gets under way and could help spark the economic turnaround that some suggest will come later this year.

Or maybe not.

According to a survey by ScriptLogic, six in 10 companies plan to skip buying Windows 7. Some will pass on the added cost of the upgrade, while others are concerned about compatibility with existing applications.

Perhaps consumers will be less squemish about Windows 7 than businesses. Then again,┬áneither were exactly thrilled about Microsoft’s last upgrade — Windows Vista….

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I guess that many businesses will stick to Windows XP, Vista was no good and made quite a few people decide to reinstall XP. Windows Seven comes at a time with greater worries than replacing your operating system, those who are in the market for a new operating system probably wait a while to see if Windows Seven is any good.

Posted by Nikkei 225 | Report as abusive

I’ve started with MS DOS 5.0. The last reasonably stable system was Windows95?? – anyhow, most of it was taken off Apple. The rest, glued together with service packs, hype and fighting prosecution by every major industrial country government has been the worst O/S trash imaginable. PLEASE survey retail customers instead of industrial – we are leaving in droves. Its just a matter of time before this hyped out predatory, navel gazing purveyor of sub-standard product joins General Motors and Chrysler for EXACTLY the same reasons.

Posted by Bit Ten | Report as abusive

Agreed – free MS product? Wouldn’t take it if paid. Windows 7? If its anything like Vista, never. Microsoft has lost the game – no amount of empty hype and promotion can make up for a long history of terrible product no one wants. Since switching to Fedora 10 and FREE OpenOffice my system has NEVER crashed or frozen, and works 10 times as fast. Upgrades are FREE and download regularly. And what’s with Ballmar? Get the guy off the Red Bull. He’s acts as much a hyped-up train-wreak as the MS product.

Posted by JJ Smyth | Report as abusive

What a bunch of FUD from the other 3 posters here. I’ll address ’em one by one.

Nikkei225–How do you determine that Vista is “no good”? By the screamings and rantings of a very vocal minority? As a network admin for over a decade, and a hobbyist who goes back to the 70s with the old Heathkits and TRS-80s, I’ve had NO issues to speak of with Vista. Yes, Microsoft blew it big time with Vista Ultimate; they never delivered on the “Ultimate Extras” that were supposed to make it a value. I ran Vista on a variety of machines, including a 6 year old laptop with a single-core processor and only 768MB of RAM, and it ran just as good as XP.

Bit Ten–Win95? Have you ever heard of Windows 2000? Even the Linux fanbois recognize that as MS’s best and most stable OS. I know of businesses that are STILL using the server version every day.

Spare me the Apple “ripoff”; umm, did you happen to notice that THEIR OS is built on a Unix derivative? So who exactly stole from whom?

“Retail customers….leaving in droves”??? Yeah, that’s why OSX has a 5-6% market share, and Linux distros just cracked 1%. Uh-huh, that’s a “tidal wave”.

JJ Smyth–Obviously, you did not take advantage of downloading the RC of Windows 7, which is/was FREE to try for almost a year. Windows 7 IS better than Vista, and dare I say better than XP.

“Fedora 10 and OpenOffice”…ah, you’re a ‘Nix fanboi. Let me ask you this: with distrowatch.com showing WELL over 100 different distros of Linux, how is Joe Consumer supposed to pick the right one? Funny how this one has this feature but not this, and vice versa…

“Upgrades are FREE and download regularly…” Ah, but Microsoft is wrong for pushing Windows updates to you? Quit talking out of both sides of your mouth!

However, I DO completely agree with you re: Steve Ballmer…ever since Gates stepped back from day-to-day operations, MS is suffering. Gates was a geek, Ballmer’s just a moron…

Posted by Mike P | Report as abusive

The real issue is that operating systems have become bigger resource hogs without substantial gains in performance. Microsoft is the biggest hog out there. Linux variants can run on less than half of the machine it takes to run Windows. I’m not a Linux “fan boy” I actually am a MCSE with 10 years experience in Windows system management. The bad thing is that linux has limited hardware support. Basically if you own machine older than about 5 years old you are screwed. I’ve got two machines which won’t fully run windows 7, Ubuntu 9 or SUSE 11.1 They all either have networking or video issues. While I can overcome these with a lot of tweaking or using additional cards that shouldn’t be necessary.

Posted by Ira Dorman | Report as abusive

Yes, Vista sucked, most Windows O/S’s have sucked. But, even though there are much more stable O/S’s out there such as Fedora you are missing the most important factor.

Most people im sure that buy windows are gamers. Very few main release games will run on anything but Windows. So I dont think they will go the same way as Chrysler. There are too many gamers in the world that need this O/S to feed thier habit.

Unless of course all the PC gamers move over to consoles….BWahahahahahahahah, sorry lost my mind for a second there.

Posted by james | Report as abusive