Quote: Originally Posted by Captain Zero
You're asking the wrong crowd.
It's like going to a Budweiser factory and asking them what their favorite beer is.
I thought you said "Beer". Beer and Budweiser are MUTUALLY INCOMPATABLE.
On this Forum most people will of course say YES Windows 7 is great.
However I'd like to temper the enthousiasm just a little bit.
First is PRICE -- if the OS is too highly priced then XP will stay around for a lot longer -- Even if you have say a 16 MB machine you can run multiple Virtual Windows XP machines giving each one around 3.9GB RAM each, and you can run this on a HOST LINUX system.
Next we have the whole issue of "Cloud computing". This might make a great difference in how we actually use computers and run software on them.
We might well have just a tiny OS in the browser (embedded in the BIOS) which connects to the Internet at boot time and then loads your OS image / software from whatever "provider" you choose or whatever application you want to run.
The problem of "Always On connectivity" really isn't an issue any more in most Western and Asian countries. Wherever mobile phone networks exist Internet access will be possible.
I hope Windows 7 will be a success -- but I rather suspect this just might be the last "Classical" type of Stand alone OS Microsoft produces.
Rumours of W8 (the next OS) abound but with the "Cloud" a lot will happen over the next 18 - 24 months.