Microsoft is moving beyond Vista to Windows 7. Windows Vista no longer matters. If it did:
- Enterprises would be buying it
- Consumers would be demanding it
- Microsoft wouldn’t freak out about Apple’s "Get a Mac" ads
- The hottest new computer category, netbooks, would ship with Vista
- Microsoft would be aggressively advertising Vista, instead of trying to bury the brand
- Developers would be creating hunky Vista apps; instead, projects like Yahoo Messenger for Windows Vista are being abandoned
Iâ€™ve had a love-hate relationship with Vista ever since its consumer release in early 2007.
On balance, though, I like it, that opinion almost entirely based on looking at the operating system from a usability point of view compared to Windows XP. I wouldnâ€™t want to go back to XP.
Yet I can count on hardly more than one hand the number of people I know who run Vista on their computer and have more good things to say about it than bad.
And I donâ€™t know anyone working for a large corporation which has rolled out Vista beyond testers and early adopters.
So Microsoft Watch reckons Windows 7 will be The One.
If Windows 7 is the successor to Windows Vista, Iâ€™d say Microsoft has a giant task on its hands to convince enterprise customers (in particular) to make the move. In fact, I think every vendor of proprietary software is looking at challenging times ahead (see this feature in this weekâ€™s Economist for an indicator).
Letâ€™s not even mention the cloud for the time being.