If you didn’t buy Vista, you helped make Windows 7, Microsoft’s new “anti-Vista” operating system that is, nevertheless, the next evolution of its much-despised predecessor.
Think of it that way, that massive customer rejection of Vista is what drove Windows 7 development, and “made my me” makes sense, sort of. Windows 7 was built to remove the most objectionable aspects of Windows Vista, clearly Microsoft’s worst flop ever.
Forget the love fest that has surrounded the Windows 7 launch. This outpouring of affection sets a new low for affection. People love Windows 7 not so much for what it is so much as for what it isn’t. Loving Windows 7 is a bit like the good feeling you receive when the beatings finally stop.
I agree with those who believe Windows 7 development was a closed, done deal early in the process. Microsoft seems not to have listened to much feedback once development was actually underway. A fair point can be made that it didn’t need to, but that isn’t the picture “made my me” portrays.
The Windows 7 beta process wasn’t a real search for customer feedback so much a cleverly organized extended marketing test.