As I run Vista myself here in a virtual machine for work, I have come to find myself getting used to this release and find myself less worrisome about the lack of XP for those who prefer it. Despite what others feel was a terrible mistake, myself included at one point, I do not see it getting any better or worse for that matter.

Some people have suggested taking the OS X approach. I think this is a bit overboard as OS X has a very critical advantage over its Windows counterpart – it was designed for Mac hardware – period. Windows, like Linux, runs on just about anything. Yet at the same time, statements like the one seen in in this article by a Microsoft VP prove to me that Microsoft truly has not been able to regain any sort of serious vision for the future outside of keeping stock prices afloat.

Quote:

“Our approach with Windows 7 is to build off the same core architecture as Windows Vista so the investments you and our partners have made in Windows Vista will continue to pay off with Windows 7. “

On one hand I can understand the logic behind this from a software/hardware compatibility perspective. Unfortunately this also means that you can expect something that is basically another NT based OS using the same nuts and bolts that made Vista such a desired, sought after OS.

If looking at the flip side of the coin, one might surmise that Vista is not really all that bad. I happen to know people that really like it – really, I am not kidding. And while some compare it to Windows Me, it is much more stable and its compatibility honestly is not nearly as bad as we found with Me.

So where do you stand? If Win 7 ends up looking and feeling like Vista, will you be a happy camper or will that be the straw that breaks the camels back? Hit the comments, tell me why you think Windows 7 will be a winner or a loser.