Skepticism Precedes Windows 7
by Tony Kontzer
We're less than a month until the Oct. 22 release of Windows 7--even less if you believe the Oct. 13 advanced release some custom PC-makers have been floating. What better topic could there be for my second edition of Twit Digest? In case you missed the first installment, it works like this: I spend a little time monitoring Twitter posts on a subject of interest to IT folks, and then I filter the perspectives of that many-headed view for you.
So what were Twitter users saying about Microsoft's hotly anticipated OS between 10 pm and 11 pm Sunday, Sept. 27? Let's just say that the Vista hangover has left a lot of cynicism in the Windows universe, and that no one appears to be impressed with Microsoft's bizarre Windows 7 ad campaign:
-The first post that catches my eye comes from JohnHerry45, who offers up a link to JustWindows7, where a poster is seeking help UNINSTALLING Windows 7. Not surprisingly, in the minutes between JohnHerry45's post and my reading it, the link to the full entry stops working.
-A few minutes later, ScottRhodie shares this humorous thought: "I'm torn between iSnack 2.0 or Windows 7 Party video as worst marketing ideas of 2000-2010." I have to back him up on this--they're equally terrible.
-For those who haven't been paying attention, The Windows 7 Party video ad is generating a tidal wave of mockery (deservedly so), and a Twitter post moments later from californiakara tells of one such creative outburst: the Windows 7 Party decision tree for Macintosh users.
-Being the fair journalist that I am, I feel compelled to share the more positive posts, too.
For instance, mazohack pointed readers to an oft-tweeted blog post that, in somewhat fractured English, details how the "Group By" setting in Windows 7 makes document management much simpler than it is with Vista. Then again, improving on Vista wasn't the tallest of orders.
-Finally, I wrap up my Windows 7 research by following the link ISPgeeksForums provides to its own blog post about a 9-inch tablet PC, running on Windows 7, that Archos will release in conjunction with the Windows 7 launch, on October 22. Of course, if you want Windows 7 sooner, there are always those early-release vendors referenced above, but I'm loathe to imagine why anyone would want to move that quickly, no matter how badly they want off of the Vista track.
What are your hopes and expectations for Windows 7? Share your perspectives with us in the comment field below, or tell me on my Twitter feed.