Windows 7. Is it the answers to all our computing prayers? No. But does it work? Yes! In fact it works very well indeed. Let’s take a look at what the average computer user will like about Windows 7.
I have been an avid Windows user for many years now. XP, Vista x32 and x64, and now Windows 7 builds 7000 x64 and 7100 x64. So I know a little about what works and what does not. According to my wife, “if it is not easy, I am not messing with it.” That thought right there is what the majority of PC users think regarding their own home computers. I have to agree. Why would anyone want to spend hours and hours messing with something just to get it to work? I would and did recently trying to get the “play to” option in Windows 7 to push stream media to my Xbox 360. I did finally get it to work after two days of trial and error. But to be honest, that was probably my own fault. I bet a million dollars the “play to” will be easier to use when the RTM drops soon. But that is all part of the “beta” process. So it was to be expected.
Back to why Windows 7 works. Will the average user notice that 7 looks a little like Vista? Probably. Will the average user notice the quick start up and shut down times? Yes, almost for sure. Will the average user like the new Aero features? I would say so. I use them all the time now. Honestly I wish there were more of them. What about the fact that Windows 7 is now a very modular OS? You want Live Messenger. You download it when you want. It does not come pre-installed. Nor does other software like Movie Maker and Photo Gallery. This fact alone is a great selling point for the average user. With more and more people using personal computers. It is only a matter of time before the “mainstream” catches on that Windows 7 is just what the doctor ordered. Why you ask? Because it just works, and it is easy to use. If you are even a little bit familiar with XP or Vista. You will have no problem with Windows 7. That reason alone is priceless for somebody who does not use their computer everyday.
I think given the right marketing Windows 7 just might take over XP’s reign of superiority in the business/home markets. It may take 5 years or more but it is a definite possibility. Especially given the new “XP Mode.” Which allows people or businesses to run good old XP virtually. Go 7! You have a bright future ahead of you! What do you, the readers, think?