Reactions to last week's screed about Windows 7 ("Will Windows 7 change our minds about Microsoft?") came in fast and furious, with readers weighing in on every side of the issue.
Let's start with some hate mail from G.G., whom one can only presume is a bit of a Microsoft fanboy:
Nice hatchet job on Microsoft, what an original piece. I am constantly amused by the "if we say it often enough, it'll become true mantra." Vista didn't suck, it had issues but it wasn't Godzilla to Tokyo. To hear "journalists" talk (I mean steal each others copy) about it, you'd think it failed to live up to being a cure for cancer. At least it opened my eyes to your professions overall lack of expertise, experience and lazy steal from someone else's work ethic. [sic]
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Personally, I only tried to lazy steal from someone else's work ethic once, but they chased me away with a BB gun. Since then I try only to steal from myself.
Reader "mueller4" says he just upgraded from XP to Win 7, which he calls "a very good and minimalistic blend between XP and Vista." He gives it a solid two thumbs up:
I've seen them all since Microsoft started, and the reviews are correct: this is the best. Microsoft is finally listening to the PC makers!
M. M. also likes Win 7 and gives a shout out to Ray Ozzie for his influence on the Microsoft dev team: "His subtle but persistent challenge is to always be great and he gets closer than most."
B. D. concurs. He writes that Win 7 took less than 20 minutes to install on his XP-based Acer Aspire One and runs "astonishingly well."
But it wasn't all flowers and love notes. Reader R.S.H. says he plans to shun Win 7 until Microsoft makes it easier to upgrade from XP Service Pack 3:
Until Microsoft figures out how I can go from XP SP3 to Windows 7 without having to reinstall about 100 applications that I have running on my computer, I will be forced to stay with XP. I do not have Vista, and cannot justify buying Vista so that I can convert from XP to Vista to Windows 7.
I also heard from a reader known only as "John," who says he paid a visit to the newly opened Microsoft Store in Scottsdale, Ariz. Here's his report:
It looks like an Apple store on steroids and I already knew inside Windows 7 was going to be more like a new dress on a homely woman. The only differences I could read about online seemed to be cosmetic.
Don't go to their new stores expecting to talk to anyone who know more about Windows than you do. I had to be passed off to 4 different employees, they called it escalating, before I was able to talk to someone who could tell me if Windows 7 still used a "registry", and it does. The same old house of cards is still the basis for the "new" OS.
He says it took him more than an hour to upgrade his 3-year-old ThinkPad, and now he's decided to switch to a MacBook Pro. (Hey, maybe Apple will feature him in a commercial.)
Meanwhile, in other Windows 7 news: Microsoft has decided to ditch "Family Guy" spokestoon Peter Griffin. It will no longer sponsor a 30-minute "commercial free (except for Windows 7 promos)" Fox Network Special, "Family Guy Presents: Seth and Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show," scheduled to air November 8. The reason? According to a report in Variety, Microsoft executives who watched the taping of the show objected to some of the content -- specifically jokes about incest, deaf people, and the Holocaust.
Apparently Microsoft didn't expect the creator of lewd, obnoxious, borderline obscene cartoon characters like the Griffin clan to be lewd, obnoxious, or borderline obscene. Hey, it's not like the show has been running on national TV for 10 years. Oh wait, sorry...
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This story, "Windows 7: The Readers Speak" was originally published by InfoWorld.