Thoughts on Windows 7

Ralph DeFrangesco

I wanted to wait until all the hype around Windows 7 died down a bit before sharing my thoughts with you about the recently released OS. I have heard some good things about Windows 7, but then again heard the same thing about every other version of Windows, including Vista.


I recently had the opportunity to speak to Wolfgang Kandek, the CTO of security vendor Qualys. Wolfgang had some positive things to say about Windows 7. He said it had some good security features that it inherited from Vista and improved upon. I asked when he thought we would see malware for Windows 7. He said that since Windows 7 is new, users should be safe from malware for a while.


I am using the same cautious process as I have used with every other version of Windows. I usually wait until the first service pack is released before I would even consider deploying it into production. In the mean time, I will load it onto computers in a lab and begin to test it with other applications in my environment. I just <span>don't see a rush to upgrade to upgrade</span> right now,as Mike Vizard points out in his blog. Over on our CTO Edge site, Wayne Rash lays out some key points to consider in your migration planning.


I think that corporations will adopt Windows 7 slowly. The main reason is that unless you are deploying it on hardware that is less than two years old, you will need to upgrade it. I don't think that it makes sense to pay for a copy of Windows and load it on an older piece of hardware when you can buy a new PC with the OS loaded for a little more than the price of the OS.

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Nov 6, 2009 9:17 AM User1763083 User1763083  says:

My gut tells me that businesses will be migrating to the Windows 7 world sooner than later.  Eventually support for XP will take a nose dive.  In my experience as well as that of my peers, I can say that Windows 7 is a solid OS.  All perks and special effects aside, it uses far less resources and is significantly more user friendly and intuitive than Vista or XP.  With that said, end users young and old should have  relatively easy time making the switch. 

On a side note, I'm new to the Linux world.  I've been sizing up some of the recently released Linux distributions (e.g. Fedora 11, openSUSE 11.1) alongside Windows 7 and I'd have to say that both OS's are laced with some impressive features.  Linux is particularly light on resources.  For instance, I ran a test on Linux where I opened up as many applications as I could before i got tired.  I had 63 windows open running games to Youtube videos to graphical editing software to media players etc.  With all that going on, I experienced no lag whatsoever in system performance.  Only 1 gig of ram was being utilized on a system that has 3G of ram and idles at about 350MB.  I was amazed.  Needless to say, with the experience I've had with windows over the years, that's not something I'll be trying anytime soon.  However, if you have Windows 7 it just might work.  Give it a shot and let me know how it 



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