Microsoft Hinging on Windows 7?

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It’s been said before that Microsoft can ill-afford a repeat performance of Windows Vista, and while most have been significantly more optimistic about Windows 7, some are suggesting that it’s do-or-die time for Microsoft.

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According to a report from the BBC, Microsoft can’t really afford to have Windows 7 go the same way as Windows Vista. It points out that some estimates put adoption of Windows Vista as low as 18.6%, which certainly won’t be music to the ears of anyone at Microsoft. Evidence that Microsoft really can’t let things slide as it did with Vista are most clear in the run up to Windows 7’s launch.

While we don’t think that a Microsoft themed event boasting the stars of Family Guy is going to be pushing quite as much custom Microsoft’s way as it might hope, it’s certainly indicative of Microsoft’s drive to get Windows 7 into the public eye in a big way.

Of course, it’s in Microsoft’s favour that there’s a significant portion of the population that’s already using Windows 7 (in the form of the fairly public beta testing and the widespread adoption of the Release Candidate/RTM versions) and that the vast majority of word from those users has been positive is great news for Windows 7.

Still, it’s worth remembering that negative reviews of Windows Vista back when it launched were fairly thin on the ground, especially considering the fact that Vista really never quite took off. If Vista’s launch is anything to go by, then there’s no telling just how Windows 7 will do until it’s released to the public and we start to see numbers.

The BBC’s article on why Microsoft needs Windows 7 to succeed in a big way certainly makes for interesting reading, and Microsoft’s behaviour lends it a lot of credence. It’ll be very interesting to see how openly Microsoft talks about its sales figures in the month after Windows 7’s launch.

If you’re planning on upgrading to Windows 7 at launch, waiting a while or just going to stick with XP, don’t hesitate to drop it into the comments. We’re kind of curious to see what people think of Windows 7 at the moment 🙂

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7 Responses to “Microsoft Hinging on Windows 7?”

  1. Alex Leonard Says:

    Well I have a feeling there’ll be no comparison between the performance/uptake of Vista and Windows7. Whilst negative reviews of Vista *might* have been thin on the ground prior to launch, Vista didn’t run such a massive beta/RC.

    Also, it’s plain to me that the RC of 7 has been so much more successful than that of Vista. Within about 1 hour of installing the RC of Vista I had blue screens (after a troublesome OS install). Windows7 RC has been so solid that I’m using it on production machines – which I honestly never thought I’d do with an MS product.

    I have a feeling that the behemoth that is Redmond will be seeing W7 as a success.

  2. Wizartar Says:

    > it’s worth remembering that negative reviews of Windows
    > Vista back when it launched were fairly thin on the ground

    What you talk’n’bout Willis! Just about every review I read said Vista was a wait and see at best, or not till SP1, which is negative!

    That aside Windows7 is what Vista should have been, but it’s still just a more polished Vista. The big issue isn’t home users but the big corporations don’t want to be spending money reinstalling hundreds of PC and doing upgrades when Windows XP works perfectly well; which is true. They haven’t added anything a company would see as an advantage over XP.

    But as a home user Windows 7 is worth it if also upgrading you’re PC. I’ve been running Windows 7 now for about 3 months and love it, even have pre-order an full version! Something I’ve never done before. Although I blame Linux’s lackluster support for HDMI output 😦 come on Ubuntu get you’re fingers out and start coding!

    • Conor Says:

      Completely agree. I can’t see any improvments to Windows 7 that could justify the expense of upgrading all pcs in a corporate environment.
      I’ve been using the 64 bit version of Windows 7 and glad I made the switch. Every application on ran on my XP machine working alot faster under windows 7.

    • komplettie Says:

      Sorry, I shouldn’t have said “early reviews” of Vista, what I’d meant was that almost all of the pre-release coverage of Windows Vista was positive. There were occasional cries of, “Wait for a service pack!” but the negative clamour didn’t really gain as much traction until it hit general release, and by then it was a bit too late for those stung at launch 😉

      It’s not just a question of the time businesses would have to put in to a widespread update, but hardware. People seem to forget than XP will run on pretty much anything (there’s an ancient Gateway in my house with a 300MHz processor and 300ish MB or RAM running XP fairly comfortably. For a lot of company’s there’s a worry that Windows 7 will need a little extra in the hardware department, and that’s not going to help uptake among businesses at all. That said, it’s a well known fact that Intel has a lot of its staff working with 7 now.

  3. Xadacka Says:

    I’m rockin’ W7 ATM, couldn’t be happier with it.

    And I’d put money on the fact that family guy is made on mac. I know south park is.

  4. Thomas Mc Gonnell Says:

    My W7 Home Premium should be getting dispatched soon enough. I’ll be honest, I love Vista and I would keep it only I’m liking the TRIM aspect of W7 too much and for €60 it’s not gonna break the bank.

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