I am currently downloading the Win7 RC from MSDN even as I type this, so believe me when I say I am interested in seeing it. I installed the beta months ago, and worked in it. It’s not a bad OS, of course. Honestly, as someone who is still on WinXP Pro SP3 and absolutely hates Vista for development or gaming (which is about all I do on my PC), I am hoping Win7 lives up to the hype we’ve all heard. Seriously, if Win7 can deliver the performance with all those added features and without the incredible weight and bloat of Vista (btw, I’ve used Vista ultimate on one of my spare boxes for months to give it a chance), I’ll be the first to upgrade. I am hoping against hope that Win7 delivers on what was promised with Vista.
I wrote the previous paragraph to illustrate where I am mentally with regards to the Win7 product before I write the body of this post.
A gentleman has recently written a post on Top Ten reasons why you should upgrade to Windows 7, and if these are *really* the top 10 then Win7 is going fall on its very pretty face (it *is* pretty, I’ll certainly grant…although I detest the taskbar/systray arrangement in the beta…blech). The author does a great job of communicating his ideas and I appreciate this. I can’t however agree that the reasons listed are really worthwhile. This is not so much a critique of the author or his article, but more of me expressing my difference in opinion. I can’t help but think the author was assigned the article, because few, if any of the reasons in this article are as compelling as I’d like. Here are some key ones:
1. A fast install time. Seriously?!?! This is a reason? Ok, improved boot time is cool, “snappier UI” could be cool (although XP, with XP power tools tweaking UI is pretty darn fast)…but install time?!?!
2. Removal of IE8 and other components. First off, this isn’t a really good reason to upgrade the whole OS and go through the patching process. Does IE really take up enough space that it’s a big deal? Secondly, there are already tools available that will remove IE.
3. Problem Steps Recorder. Again, this is a tool that most people will never even use, I suspect, and not really compelling at all.
4. Updates to Calc, Wordpad, and Paint. Again, these can’t seriously be reasons to upgrade a whole OS. I’ve always thought MS hasn’t really changed these apps over the years for two incredibly good reasons: 1) for what they are, they work fine and 2) there are free apps on the web that are significantly better so there is no money in supporting them. I am still stunned that this would be a reason.
The author does list “Less Bloat” as a reason, and this is a pretty good one. Another is the fact that DirectX will not longer be upgraded on XP (this is the most likely reason why I’d upgrade). I hope there are other, even better reasons than listed in this article. <crosses finners>