Monday, September 7, 2009

5 things you must know about Windows 7.

In just over one month, Microsoft will release its long awaited and highly publicized OS dubbed Windows 7. This version of Windows has no doubt received  positive vibes from a lot of people. However, if you are thinking of upgrading to this OS when it finally goes on sale, then wait and read these five things you probably have forgotten before you pay out your hard earned income for it.

Windows 7 is still Windows.
Windows 7, no matter how polished and nice it looks, is still Windows and as such still has all the past history of Windows in its heritage. So never think Windows 7 is anything different for it is still Windows from almighty Microsoft.

Windows 7 has no killer features
Windows 7 has no killer features that is so radically different from Vista or even XP. Yes it is very eye candy and supports touch tech, but I don't think that's what gets the work done for you. You should not pay for an OS just to get some nice looking icons or a nice looking desktop.

Windows 7 will cost you good money.
The upgrade price of  Windows 7,  ranges between  $100 and  $300. That's quite some money you are paying for an OS that is more of an update to Vista than a real new release.

Windows 7 is still a resource hog
Though Windows 7 hardware requirement are a shade lower than that of Vista, it still is a resource hog. You will need
1GHz processor (32- or 64-bit)
1GB of main memory
16GB of available disk space
Support for DX9 graphics with 128MB of memory (for the Aero interface)
That's a lot of horse power especially if you live in developing places like Africa.

Windows 7 is no more secure than Vista or XP
Windows is said to have the security of a drunken teenager behind a steering wheel in the night. Windows 7 security is not any much different from its predecessors. Security flaws were discovered as long as January when the RC was fresh. These news items here, here and here will help remind you about Windows 7's bad start.

These are five basic things you should have at the back of your mind if you intend upgrading to Windows 7. What I generally recommend is that you rather get the other "Windows 7" which will also debut around that time but is christened Karmic Koala by another up and coming company called Canonical. The alpha release of what I am talking about can be found here. Try that one and you will be glad you did.
Will you be upgrading to Windows 7? If so why or why not? Share your thoughts. Talkback!

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