Windows 7 Anticipation

By Ericka Chickowski  |  Posted 2008-10-28 Print this article Print

How will Microsoft adjust its operating system software strategies with Windows 7, cloud computing, software as a service and beyond? Baseline digs in to the Windows operating system now and in the future. Will Microsoft continue to dominate the market or will a shakeup of traditional enterprise software practices force Microsoft out of its dominant position?

Windows 7 Anticipation
Nevertheless, it may be too late for Vista. Some analysts see Windows 7 almost as repentance for Vista, almost as Windows 2000 was for Windows ME.

“The first question on my mind is what [is Microsoft] doing to not just avoid repeating the mistakes it made with Vista, but what is it doing to rectify them?” Didio says. “What [Microsoft has] to do with Windows 7 out of the box, is return to the same type of backward compatibility and forward compatibility with third-party applications and utilities that it gave us with Windows 2000. The integration and interoperability issues are going to be crucial. I mean, a lot of people are skipping Vista because of that.”

Didio believes that the typical business and consumer user most wants the level of simplicity they’ve come to expect from Microsoft products. “They just want to be able to turn it on, it works and it works with everything they have,” she says, explaining that Microsoft needs to make good on certain promises that it couldn’t fulfill with Vista. “I expect enhanced searching and querying, and they’ve got to [fix] the big disappointment with Vista, which was that we didn’t have the WinFS storage system. So they’ve got to get that right.”

But the biggest problem may be Microsoft’s haste in getting out a quality product, which the company has said it expects to release in late 2009 or early 2010. Didio and some other analysts remain skeptical, especially considering the delays Vista experienced.

But others, like Thurrott, believe that Microsoft will make its deadline, and release a quality product, too. He believes the unveiling of an early Windows 7 build at the PDC this week will show that Microsoft’s development team is capable of making early milestones and that people will be impressed with how far along the company is with its newest Windows version.

“They’re going to show off Windows 7 for the first time to press analysts and reviewers,
and I think people are going to be shocked,” Thurrott says.

One of the most interesting facets of Windows 7 is the anticipated unbundling of certain features that came part-and-parcel with Vista. “So they’ve talked about that a little bit; they are debundling some products,” he says. “Some of the stuff that used to be part of Windows will now be up in Windows Live, and that’s really smart.”


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