Windows 7 Launches Today

The much anticipated Windows 7 launched today. And while the launch didn’t come with as much fanfare as previous new platform launches from Microsoft, this one is supposed to pack a pretty big punch.   

Vista was a disaster. Although I am a fan of the new design, operationally I beg for XP every time I get the “blue circle of death” – which always seems happens when I am on deadline. Over the past 2 years we have been submerged in Vista and all of its quirkiness. I now know that there are a few combinations of programs that will just NOT run at the same time (Photoshop with ANTYHING for instance). But I digress…

Windows 7 has been highly anticipated for the past year – especially in the custom channel. Media Centers have great potential. We all know that. But one of the biggest roadblocks has been the unpredictability of the Windows platform. Windows 7 is supposed to change all of that. And I really hope it does. Integrators have been anticipating the launch of Win 7 for some time, planning for it to help take their business to the next level and allow them to do things that weren’t previously possible. Over the past 6 months, many have even postponed specing in Media Centers because they are waiting for the new OS (Even though most manufacturers are offering free upgrade software) in anticipation of the new version being released.

I have yet to use it, but I am in the process of looking for a new laptop and decided to wait until Win 7 emerged. I’m interested to hear from the early adaptors on their thoughts about the new platform. Does it really solve the problems and glitches it is supposed to?

Posted by: Lauren Simmen

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