Reflections on Windows 7

While I have not had the opportunity to try the latest Windows 7 Release Candidate, I have done a bit of reading on the subject. In my research, I have made the following observances

Vista was truly the worst operating system I have ever used in my life. It had some wonderful features, but everything was tied together so inefficiently It could bring the fastest computer around to its knees. I have used Vista on a rather powerful quad core system with over 4 GB of RAM, and it still responded poorly. There were a few things in Vista that were wonderful ideas, but executed horribly:

  • Integrated Search and Indexing
  • ReadyBoost for superior caching
  • Windows XP Compatibility Mode
  • Application Pre-Caching based on Observed User Activity
  • Bending over backwards for old API compatibility

Windows 7 looks promising, however. Take a look at the list of new improvements:

  • Transparent Windows XP Virtualization Compatibility Layer
  • Responsiveness existent
  • Advanced Window Management Abilities
  • New Version of ReadyBoost
  • Integrated ClearType Tuning (about time)
  • Feature-Packed Application Bar

Windows 7 is what Vista was supposed to be from what I understand. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, but I do look forward to this new Operating System. I sincerely hope that it truly is a great improvement. We'll see.

Disclaimer: I have not actually tried the beta yet. I hear its quite pleasant and hardly Hitler-y at all.