As I am sure everyone is aware today the 22nd October 2009 was the day of release for Windows 7. So here we are, and should everyone be rushing to purchase their copy of W7, or should they be sticking with the old stuff?
Well I personally I have been running W7 for a while, thanks to the good old MSDN and I have to say I like it. Like many have said its not super amazing, or a leap in technology as such but its what Vista should have been. W7 certainly seems to operate in a more solid and speedier fashion for me than Vista, it has some reasonable security implementations, but its toned down so its not screaming at you every time you touch the keyboard courtesy of User Access Control.
I have the Ultimate version so I have Bitlocker to go which is pretty good, and I have blogged about in the past. It really does seem to be an improvement over XP, as thats really what people and most certainly organisations are going to be having to consider, and I have not had any issues to mention, so its a positive review from me.
So if your getting a new machine and its coming with Windows 7, I dont think you need to be crying and kicking and screaming for XP. Obviously as with all upgrade paths, you may have peripheral driver issues, but thats all part of upgrade fun
Organisations may also look to seriously consider trialing W7 in the environment to see what benefits it can bring, especially if your still running Windows 2000, or maybe NT and 98
If all else fails you can probably look forward to the next Windows offering in a couple of years , unless we are all operating from Cloud 9. Also dont forget there is always some open source goodness to keep your machine up and running. I have multiple machines running different Windows and Linux flavours, so people have lots to choose from.
Happy upgrading, and dont forget to back up your important files. Oh and dont forget your bookmarks / favorites