Microsoft has announced that home users can pre-order the Microsoft Windows 7 upgrade for only $49.99. This offer is only good until July 11th and then you do not actually get the upgrade till October 22nd. This announcement causes a lot of mixed emotions for me. These emotions include frustration, relief, and that “deer in the headlight” feeling.
Windows 7 Roll-out – Is it a new product or a needed fix for Vista?
I feel relief that Windows 7 is here. It looks like a good product. I feel frustration that we have had to put up with Windows Vista for so many years (Windows XP was launched back in early 2001 with Windows Vista supposing to replace XP in 2006). I feel like a “deer in the headlights” as we are having to purchase an “upgrade” if we have a computer with a Windows Vista installation. Yes we did purchase Windows Vista with our computer, but I would think that most people would agree that Windows Vista is at best a “transitional failed product” (see Cloud Ave’s posting for more opinions on the Microsoft Windows 7 roll-out and Windows Vista’s transition). I see the inedible that I will have to fork over money for the Microsoft Windows 7 upgrade even though in reality Microsoft is just getting Windows Vista “production-ready” with the Windows 7 upgrade. Isn’t Windows 7 really just a fix for Windows Vista? Again, my opinion probably doesn’t matter much and I just need to be the “deer in the headlight” for this roll-out. In my opinion, I really do not have much choice, but to fork out my money to help Microsoft get over the Windows Vista blunder. A question to ask is “is Microsoft just too big to fail?”
I marvel that Microsoft has been able to keep its huge market share with desktop operating systems. I started as a Mac user in the mid-80s and it seemed like it took 10 years for Microsoft Windows to even compare with the first Macs. I marvel how Microsoft was able to gain significant market share starting with Windows 3.1 in the 90s. Now Microsoft seems to have done it again. For over five years Microsoft’s flagship product, Windows Vista, failed in the marketplace, but Microsoft has maintained its market share. I would not think that many other businesses could have survived through a blunder of this magnitude.
Half of my home computers have Microsoft Vista and the other half are on Linux. I would have transitioned all of my computers to Linux, but the open-source office applications are not the most stable. Additionally, MS office document formats seem to be a standard for most colleges which about forces you to use MS Office, and thus Vista, if you have a student in the house (Note: people tell me that MS Office can run on a Linux machine, but I have not taken the effort to set MS Office up on any of my Linux computers).