Please don’t all freak out on me … but … i am thinking of trying out the Windows 7 beta.
I think it’s fair to say that Windows Vista did not quite meet all the expectations that Microsoft had for it in 2008. The user account protection was annoying, the visual effects to me smacked of “tried too hard” and i think a lot of Windows XP users felt it wasn’t different enough to be worth an upgrade. People took their new Vista computers back to “upgrade” to XP, Dell are selling computers with Ubuntu, and the netbooks available in the high street have pushed Linux further into public awareness than ever before.
Vista was late, but i think they released it too soon. I think Microsoft’s reputation took a knock, but they have a chance to repair it. Windows 7 is pretty much Vista done properly, and from everything that i’ve read so far, it looks as if they’ve actually done quite well this time. So i’m going to try and get hold of the beta and have a go at dual booting it. It certainly won’t be my primary operating system of choice, but it could be useful for running SecondLife and/or OpenLife and i will admit i’m curious to see for myself what it’s like.