Last week I blew 10% of the allotted monthly bandwidth allowance I receive from Northwestel Cable to download Windows 7. I installed it on my Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet and, in all honesty, don’t mind it.
But after reading Prince McLean’s analysis of Microsoft’s market approach to its Windows operating system this morning (Exploring Windows 7 for Mac users), I realize that it really doesn’t matter if I – or anyone else for that matter – likes Windows 7.
Even though, yes, it’s an improvement on Vista, the question remains: does anyone really need to upgrade from XP? What is the value proposition in upgrading? As McLean points out, there really isn’t one: “By the time Vista arrived in early 2007, XP was working well enough to question the need to upgrade to something different.” That remains true today, as that old adage goes: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
There simply isn’t a compelling reason for XP users to turn their worlds upside down and migrate to Windows 7, no matter how pretty Microsoft manages to make it.
Microsoft’s got to come up with a new business case for its Windows 7 operating system if it wants widespread user adoption. This is especially true now that their plan for Vista might cost the company as much as $8.5 billion in settlement fees as a result of the “Vista Capable” class action lawsuit (‘Vista Capable’ case could cost Microsoft $8.5B).