It’s hard to believe but it has been 15 months since the release of Windows 7. We’ve been around for plenty of Microsoft PC operating system releases but this one is like no other. There are a couple of reasons that make the transition to Windows  7 unique:

  • Pent up demand = more enthusiasm. Let’s face it Windows XP was around a long time and when Vista came along and tanked, the older OS went on extended life support. As solid as XP is, it’s a testament to Microsoft’s endurance that we all put up with a single platform for almost a decade. By the time Windows 7 came out (October 2009) the world was ready to get on board as long as it wasn’t terrible.
  • Difficult in-place upgrade. Very few of us upgraded to the new platform on our current PCs for one very simple reason – they made it too difficult. To go from XP to 7 you had to re-install all your programs! Ouch. So most of us waited for new hardware. This relaxed upgrade scenario is easy on IT budgets because there’s no compelling reason to get everyone on the new OS anytime soon. By attrition, I think most corporate desktops/laptops will run Windows 7  by the end of 2012.

No one was a bigger Vista-basher than yours truly. I detested its bloaty performance so much that I switched to a Mac for about 15 months.  Take that into consideration when I say I think Windows 7 is excellent. As many have said, it’s what Vista should have been all along. I switch back and forth between PCs and my Mac and I have to say the Win 7 is every bit as good as OS X.

We look forward to bringing Windows 7 into our client’s networks and helping users take advantage of new features. It’s the best part of the job when you can show someone a new way to do things like “Send me a picture of that error using the Snipping Tool. Can’t find it? – just hit the Windows key type snipping”