So the XP machine my wife has been using since 04 had a drive failure. Given its age and the fact that I’d almost rather eat my own spleen than rebuild another windows system, I decided to purchase a new system. They’re cheap enough these days and come with Windows 7 which is suppose to be the latest and greatest from our friends at M$.
Well, not to be negative, but Windows 7 functions an awful lot like XP in my view. Certainly, nothing revolutionary in the last 5 years. On the evolutionary side, they’ve done a nice job on the graphics and the GUI, but nothing that I’d describe as exciting.
Functionally, it’s still a pig even though it may have a bit of lipstick on it. It still takes a long to to start up and shut down. Installing programs can take a lifetime, particularly when you compare it to a MAC or Linux system. It’s frustrating to say the least.
You have to be asking by now, why didn’t this complainer just buy a linux system? It’s really simple. We have a fairly large amount of time and money invested in documents and applications that run on Windows that we just don’t want to abandon at this point. That’s home use.
On the business side, I bit the bullet a couple of years ago and bought a MacBook Pro and haven’t looked back. After a very short learning curve my productivity skyrocketed. Sure, there were and still are some inconveniences, but on balance I get more done and work more effectively.
On another note, [and I’ve been waiting for this for a long time], the day will come where the actual desktop OS will not be relevant. The technology is moving in that direction fast but it’ll still take a decade before it’s a reality.
As for myself and my clients…. more and more applications, documents, and tools are moving to the cloud [SaaS model]. I’m not alone. Most of the businesses I see are doing the same and consumers have been doing it even longer. Companies that can’t move and adopt fast enough will be steamrolled by the momentum of all of this and fail.
Given how slow M$ has been to adopt the technology, I don’t think they’ll make the cut long term.