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5 responses to “Free Upgrade to Vista Final (Code-named Windows 7) is a Good First Step, but Not Enough”

  1. Aemony

    Now I don’t say you’re wrong nor that I don’t agree with you (because I do, since a free upgrade is always great), but since SP1 Vista have been as complete as XP was after SP2. I’ve noticed that many people that hate Vista does it for mostly two things: they either loves XP too much or they don’t really have the specs to utilize Vista 100%.

    Also, I can imagine that many more complains about Seven will be shown when it’s complete. Many of my friends can’t stand Vista’s interface, since it’s “not XP”. Seven’s interface is even more unlike XP’s than Vista’s.

    And Windows 7 isn’t really the “dot” release to Vista, as you said. Sure, taking 3.0 and 3.1 is a good thing, but as you said: “Windows 3.1 introduced some minor user interface changes”. I’m playing around with the Seven Beta right now, and those aren’t some “minor user interfaces changes”. Also, we have Dx11, native multi-touch and a few other improvements.

    Well, that said, I just wanted to voice my opinion in the matter. ^^

    Btw, nice article, even if it’s never going to happen đŸ˜›

  2. HayThar

    I totally agree with you on the fact that they should offer Windows 7 as a free upgrade, but I have to disagree with calling it Vista Final. That would be a major mistake.

    When people hear the word “Vista” these days, they cringe at the though of it, partly due to Apple’s successful mudslinging campaign that took a harsh view on the OS. If people hear “Vista” at all in the name, they’ll think, “Oh hell no, I’m not putting that shit on my computer.”

    However by giving it a new name, calling it the next version of Windows and claiming to leave Vista in the past, they start off with a new slate. When people hear that, they think “So you’re ditching Vista and making a new OS with many new useful features? Hm, maybe I’ll give this a try.”

    It’s more of a marketing thing than anything else to call it Windows 7. Even if Vista became the *perfect* OS with SP3, no one would touch it. First impressions are often what sticks, and Apple would be sure to take advantage of that marketing mistake.