The new lord of Microsoft has stood on his balcony, waved to the masses and addressed the crowd saying that we could pass on Vista and go directly to Windows 7. Steve Ballmer, while still defending Vista as being better than sliced bread, is now saying it is OK to skip Vista. His remarks while directed at businesses, also applies to home users as well. So what does this mean to you and me?

Nothing really. It still goes back to the same thing I have said over and over. Use the operating system you like. Not one that is being shoved down your throat. In an article from C/Net it also states:

Ballmer did note that Vista has had compatibility problems with some applications and hardware, but that those problems have diminished. “We had a great success with security and starting to see a ramp with adoption.”

Gartner analyst Neil MacDonald countered with Gartner survey data showing that 61 percent of respondents are thinking about skipping Vista altogether. Ballmer said that Microsoft would be ready for that outcome and reiterated Microsoft’s pledge that Windows 7 will be compatible with Vista.

Ballmer also stated that Windows 7 will not just an upgrade of Vista, but a complete new operating system, which will be compatible with Vista. Interesting, Does that mean it will not be compatible with previous versions of Windows? 🙂

It should be interesting to see just how much Windows 7 will change.

What do you think? Will Windows 7 be a big deal for you?

Comments welcome.