So Windows 7 is finally out, and the verdict is in – so far, so good. The new operating system from the Microsoft stable has won more bouquets than brickbats, and perhaps, ironically, it owes this success to the debacle that Windows Vista was. Not since Windows Millennium in 2000 did Microsoft have to bite the dust so badly; but with Vista, it was disaster from the word GO. Coming close on the heels of the stupendous success that was Windows XP, Vista played havoc with Microsoft’s already fragile reputation (the software giant was already being talked about negatively because of its tendency to come out with operating systems that were bloated and overpriced but which still enjoyed a monopoly the world over).
The future and prestige of Microsoft was indeed riding on Windows 7, and now, with the worldwide release of this OS on Oct 22, 2009, Microsoft has redeemed its reputation, something that was flagging and in dire need of rescue especially since its founder Bill Gates stepped down as CEO and moved to follow a more philanthropic life. And yes, the votes are in now, and they favor Microsoft and Windows 7. For one, the OS is faster than Vista, and surprise, drivers are available for all your applications instead of being developed hurriedly after the complaints start to mushroom.
But for those in the dark, Windows 7 is not an entirely new OS; in fact, it’s an effort to rebuild the mess that was Vista. It is basically the same OS in a different avatar, one that is more easy and quick to operate. It costs less than Vista, it is easy to upgrade to whichever version you want, and it looks and feels just fine, just like Windows XP was in its heydays. It is a million times better than Vista and has succeeded in keeping Microsoft’s detractors quiet for the moment.
The bottom line is that Microsoft’s business will be booming again with all the positive publicity that Windows 7 is generating. But only until their next OS is released; after that, it’s a whole new process of gaining the ordinary computer user’s confidence. Yes, the company has vindicated itself after the debacle that was Vista, but even now, it’s too soon to predict how Windows 7 will change the fortunes of Microsoft, and we have to wait and watch for the feedback to see how well this OS stands the test of time.
This guest article was written by Adrienne Carlson, who regularly writes on the topic of executive mba programs. Adrienne welcomes your comments and questions at her email address: firstname.lastname@example.org