Windows 7 released today

posted by Jeff | Thursday, October 22, 2009, 4:30 PM | comments: 0

Windows 7 officially came out today, which given my new employment, is suddenly important to me. It's no secret that I haven't been a big Windows Vista fan, and it annoyed the crap out of me trying to support it when Diana had her older laptop. The only thing I do in Windows now is development work, and in Windows XP at that.

But I figured that I would give Windows 7 a try, since it's relatively easy to fire up a new virtual machine on the Mac. With it, I also started a new project that isn't necessary for any immediate needs, but something I've been thinking about for awhile.

The good news is that the annoying UI "quirks" from Vista have all been either revised or eliminated. I mean, I remember finding a simple copy/overwrite dialog box in Vista that had four choices, each with a paragraph of explanation. It seemed like everything was harder to find or had multiple entry points. In the general sense, Vista seemed to get in the way of everything.

7, on the other hand, had a faster install time and faster boot times. It also doesn't seem to be as much of a memory hog, which is weird in a good way. Who knows how it runs natively, but it's pretty smooth in Parallels. I may start to bring my mainstream development lines into that VM sooner or later.

So I'm glad to see we finally can put Vista behind us. It'll be interesting to see if it drives PC sales as we climb out of this economic chaos. Using cute little Asian girls might just move more product than Justin Long. :)

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