Let the Windows 7 bashing begin

Please do me a favor and read this entire post before you comment-flame me.  Now on with the show!

Yes, I admit it.  I enjoy controversy.  And whenever the great evil empire called Microsoft (yes, that is sarcasm) does anything, controversy is soon to follow.  And with the release of the beta of Windows 7, you can't get much more controversial. 

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols started some heat two days ago with his post about the replacement plan Microsoft is offering if you are on Vista.  Of course, Steven is always going to go after them.  But now that the beta is available for all (or 2.5 million anyway), things are going to get nasty.  And just wait until the first vulnerability comes out.  Whoa boy!  Then the fur will really start flying.

So let me tell you my prediction right now.  Microsoft is going to screw up the first production release of Windows 7.  It is going to have vulnerabilities.  It is going to have driver issues.  It is going to require SP1 in about 6 months (maybe sooner).  It is going to get a bad reputation.  It is going to cause the critics to come out in force to poo poo it and say it is the same ol' OS and Microsoft is just trying to make more money (of course they are - it is called capitalism). 

Of course, all the MSFT-ophiles are going to attack the other side as elitists and will say that Windows 7 is stable and great (as soon as SP1 comes out) and is just as secure as any other OS and it has market share so it is targeted more than other OS's and comes with ribbons and will walk your dog and yada yada yada. 

So what's the point in all the broo ha ha? (how do you spell broo ha ha anyway?)  The point is that the people who take the extreme view on any issue are almost always the most vocal.  The point is that businesses will wait to upgrade for about 2 years -- when the lease on their hardware is up.  And the overall point is that this release is probably going to translate into more OS market share loss for Microsoft. 

Are you happy to hear that?  Well, before you answer, understand that their market share loss will translate into maybe 1% at the high end.  Why?  Because most people out there will continue to use their old OS because they have to get our job done or just want to surf the Internet or play games.  And another reason is because most admins and managers are scared as h-e-double-hockey-sticks to change to Linux on the desktop because of the work, retraining, and the fear of losing their job (of course, the retraining angle doesn't hold up since Vista and Office 2007).

Listen, I am not saying that is a good thing.  I am not saying it is a bad thing.  But it is reality.  I have the benefit of not being an extremist on either side.  I use Windows.  I use Linux.  I don't use Mac, but I can see the reason for the draw.  But Microsoft Windows is not going anywhere for a while.  You don't have to like it.  If fact, I am counting on you not liking it because it wouldn't be much fun if you did. :)

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