Can Windows 7 evade the Vista curse?
A couple weeks back, Microsoft announced that it’s next operating system will be simply named as Windows 7. Can the next Microsoft OS evade the Vista curse?
In the past years since Microsoft Vista was rolled out, it suffered a huge PR problem with perceptions of being too heavy on the system, buggy and annoying. Despite Microsoft’s efforts, the negative impression stuck.
The Vista codename has to go. Windows 7 is much simpler and reminds us of the old days when we first saw and used Windows 95 and in later years, Windows XP.
Microsoft needs to go back to the drawing board and rethink their approach for the new OS. It should be lean and mean and would not require some hi-end system configuration to comfortably run. If it can run at 256MB or 512MB RAM, the better.
Eyecandy is good as long as it does not eat up a lot of memory and GPU cycles. Focus on supporting more device drivers (I know this part is also the responsibility of respective manufacturers) as well as pushing more updates/fixes faster.
I’ve been using Windows Vista on my laptop for a year now and haven’t had any problems with it actually. Most of my issues were familiarity with the system rather than bugs or compatibility problems. If MS can learn from their mistakes with Vista, Windows 7 might turn the tides around.