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Windows 7: Can Windows 7 save PCs?

14 Jun 2009   #1

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Can Windows 7 save PCs?

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Windows 7 is coming soon. But having a PC sales rebound come with it seems unlikely.
Computer sales are mired in an awful slump, as businesses and consumers have reined in spending during the recession. Year-over-year global PC shipments fell 7% in the first quarter, the largest drop in that measure since the third quarter of 2001 amid the dot.com bust, according to tech analysis firm IDC.
But Microsoft's new operating system is set to debut on Oct. 22, and experts for the most part like what they have seen. That's a dramatic shift from the largely negative reviews -- and disappointing sales -- of its current Windows version, Vista.
"Microsoft learned a lot from its mistakes with Vista," said Richard Shim, analyst at IDC. "They fixed some very important features and made an impressive operating system."

0:00 /2:56Anything but Vista
Despite the positive reviews, most analysts say Windows 7 alone is not enough to jumpstart lackluster PC sales. They cite customer animosity toward Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500), a change in consumer trends and the typically slow pace of businesses' OS integration as reasons.
Microsoft's problem: Windows is by far the most-used PC operating system. Last year, 83% of new PCs sold had Windows built in.
Windows 7 may be a shiny and new version of the world's No. 1 OS, but analysts wonder if customers are willing to give Microsoft a second chance after Vista. Users complain that Vista is sluggish, has too many versions and is susceptible to bugs.
According to a survey of more than 1,000 IT professionals nationwide conducted in March by Dimension Research, 50% said they were considering leaving Windows altogether rather than switch to Windows 7. Apple's (AAPL, Fortune 500) Mac OS X was the system they are most likely to switch to.
"Microsoft tried to stuff too many features into the Vista bag, and the bag burst," said Zeus Kerravala, analyst with Yankee Group. "There was a big loss of goodwill towards Microsoft [over Vista.]"
Happy with my clunker: Disenchantment with Windows may not help a PC sales rebound, but PCs may have been doomed anyway.
Can Windows 7 save PCs? - Jun. 12, 2009

What I still don't get, is that people refer to Windows computers as PCs and Apple computers as Apples. But they are both PCs (Personal Computers) and Apple even created the first PC! Yet the Apple commercials only reinforce this......... Why?

~Lordbob


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15 Jun 2009   #2

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
Can Windows 7 save PCs? - Jun. 12, 2009

What I still don't get, is that people refer to Windows computers as PCs and Apple computers as Apples. But they are both PCs (Personal Computers) and Apple even created the first PC! Yet the Apple commercials only reinforce this......... Why?

~Lordbob
Probably because "Macintosh" is a brand and Windows is a series of software products that run on computers.
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15 Jun 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

IMO Macintosh trys too hard to be differant. almost to the pint of useless. all that 'anything you can do, i can do better' B/S is really just that, BULL!
People would buy their own s&*t, if the marketing was good enough.

iLife ... is STILL the gheyest thing i ever heard anything referred to as. (lol)
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15 Jun 2009   #4
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

Apple pushes it because it clearly separates their OS and computers (laptop/desktop) from the rest. By indicating that a Mac is a Mac, and not a PC it allows people to see that there is a difference between a PC running Windows OS (Dell, HP, Sony, etc.) and the OS on a Mac computer. Apple wants to keep the PC label far away from the Mac which makes perfect sense.
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15 Jun 2009   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

In a nutshell... exactly Lee.

I always refer to windows boxes as PC's and macs as Apple. I suppose that it's really to do with the fact the apple brand is just that, a self contained hardware brand, and thus it's own entity - rather than Windows which is a product designed to run on a generic product specification.

Holo88, however gay the name, the product suite is superb and functional for the non technical user. Sure windows has all of the iLife bits and bobs somewhere in it already as well, but iLife packages them wonderfully well. I'd like to see it coded for PC but i'm sure that it won't happen.

In regards to the article, I'm sure that windows 7 will give the buying public one less reason not to upgrade if Microsoft get their marketing strategy right. Credit crisis aside, a lot of people are put off (wrongly) from buying due to the forcing them to use vista. In that respect the stigma has stuck, and as we say here in the UK, 'you can't teach pork'.

It's ironic that we can take Vista, polish it and refine it, and as long as you don't call it vista the public are very open and receptive to it as was shown in the Microsoft commercials on their website.

I think, and I might be wrong, that now lazy developers have realised that Microsoft no longer will tolerate unsigned/ unverified/ lazy coding. I sympathise with MS when it comes to this, as I feel that it's been very accomodating in the past.

If Microsoft had done what apple had done when it released OS X, it would have been a roll out of 7, with no public beta apart from developer portals, and a shell window for the old OS (effectively Virtual XP).... and a message to developers and users - this is the way it is from now on, deal with it - developers get a move on, and users just use the virtualisation window until developers catch up.

I was one of those early OS X adopters, and now 9 years on, i'm an early Windows 7 adopter, funny how life is
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15 Jun 2009   #6

Windows 7 x86 build 7077
 
 

do PC's need saved? OSX has less than 10% market share and declining... i don't think PC has any threat from a tree hugger fad.
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15 Jun 2009   #7

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by itznfb View Post
do PC's need saved? OSX has less than 10% market share and declining... i don't think PC has any threat from a tree hugger fad.
I believe so. Or at least there are a lot of things that PCs have to learn from Apple. Just like automobiles in the early 1900s, as they proliferate to a wider audience, they went from requiring extensive technical knowledge to operate and maintain to where we are today - turn a key and you've got two pedals and a steering wheel, occasionally take in to a shop for maintenance. There are countless example of this happening across a wide range of products in history. As your audience increases, you have to push internals away from your users. Apple provides that all-in-one experience where you open the box and you have the vast majority of software you will ever need and it all slickly integrates together within a mature OS. It a heck of a lot easier to figure out for somebody who isn't familiar with the latest software and hardware.

I agree with the Apple philosophy of computers as appliances. At the present, PCs require a lot of fiddling and downloading of third party software to get working perfectly, where Apple offers a slim box you turn on, enter account details for your mail, calender, and im, and you're pretty much set. Most people don't give a crap about hardware internals or speed for dollar and IMHO OS X is a nicer OS than 7 (I use 7 due to onenote being so important to me)

And the numbers I've seen show that Macs are accelerating adoption, and in some lucrative markets (e.g., universities where students to researchers use os x heavily and art/design), rival PC use.
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15 Jun 2009   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I agree JW12345, i've always beleived the most powerful tools are the ones you can use, and for the non technical savvy consumer Macs are the perfect solution.

I moved to Windows because of the CAD and engineering design software I use, but if the two main packages ever became native on the mac, then as it stands, at the moment i'd go back to OS X as it's still a lot more of a nicer user experience than 7, but that said I do rate 7 very highly apart from some aesthetics which are neither here nor there.
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15 Jun 2009   #9

Windows XP-Pro-SP3, Windows 7
 
 

There aren't many of us old timers left who can even remember the lowly Commodore 64 (my first computer) or the earliest IBM Personal Computer (PC).

"PC" was a nic-name for the IBM Personal Computer. When first released, it was the only true "PC" on the planet. It came with IBM DOS. Microsoft wasn't even in the game. But they did come along later and offered a DOS that was in many ways superior to IBM Dos.
My first copy of MS-DOS was version 2.0, given to me by a friend, to install on my first PC, an IBM XT-Clone.

Once the computer enthusiasts (like me) found out that the Japanese were making replacement parts for the IBM PC, it was easy to just buy the cloned parts and build our own PC's. And cheaper too!

Obviously, what we created was not an IBM Personal Computer, but the name "PC" stuck as an explanation of what we'd made.
All of the name brand personal computers, that we see in the stores today, came along later, but they also were called a "PC", because they were "IBM Compatible" and ran IBM software.

Apple was always an overpriced and overblown computer that was so far off the beaten track that very few people even wanted to mess with them.
Just the price, scared off many that were interested in getting a computer.

For the Geek, Nerd or Enthusiast, who liked to build their own computer or program it themselves, the IBM Clone, now just called the "PC" was the only way to go. Apple wasn't even in the running.

I find it ironic, that today, IBM isn't even in the home computer business.

Today, retail stores stock thousands of software titles compatible with the PC and M$ OS's, and not ONE single title for the MAC.

Even these internet forums are all about the PC. MAC hardly even gets honorable mention.

Now for Windows 7.
It's nothing more than Visduh on steroids, with a tummy tuck and botox.
Every tweak or tune-up tip that works on Visduh will also work on Win-7.
Every driver (most anyway) that works on Visduh works on 7.

Many folks may be fooled into believing that 7 is a whole new OS, but this old tech just ain't a gonna be fooled into believing that. Sorry, MS!

It's almost like the difference between Windows 98 and Windows 98SE.
Some problems were fixed and that's about it.

Most all of the things that I, as a tech, hated about Visduh, is still alive and well in 7. It still needs a lot of tweaking and tuning to get it to run fast and efficiently. And all the "Permissions" limitations is enough to make a grown man cry. Thank God, for "Take Ownership"!!!

Like every other MS OS since '95, it's only about 30% to 40% efficient, right out of the box. It reminds me of those kid's toys that say "Some assembly required.....batteries not included".

Fortunately, I've committed all my tweaks to batch files or scripts, for a quick and easy install.

Yes, I'll take Win-7 over Vista any day, but I won't be standing in any lines on October 22 to buy it. I'm sure I'll be running XP-Pro-SP3 on my main PC, well into the next decade, long after MS has dropped all support for it.

I hope y'all have a great day!

The Doctor
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15 Jun 2009   #10

7264x64/7260x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
Can Windows 7 save PCs? - Jun. 12, 2009

What I still don't get, is that people refer to Windows computers as PCs and Apple computers as Apples. But they are both PCs (Personal Computers) and Apple even created the first PC! Yet the Apple commercials only reinforce this......... Why?

~Lordbob
Apple gets free reign to libel Windows indirectly by using the term PC instead of windows.

It also helps them create the illusion that their products are part of an imaginary new subset under computers.
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