In October, Windows 7 was released by Microsoft and it is creating a lot of buzz, and rightfully so.

Windows 7 is by far their most stable OS release in as many years as I can remember from Microsoft, and it does wonders for making windows easy to use and graphically appealing.

I have heard a lot of people say “it is much more Mac like”. Given the legions of Mac devotees and the migration of many long time windows users to the Mac platform over the past handful of years I would consider this a compliment if I were Microsoft.

Besides the stability and the easy to use good looking graphical interface, Windows 7 is fast.  An installation can be done on a fresh system in less than 20 minutes and cold start-ups can be as fast as 30 seconds.  This operating system can also bring old tired PC’s back to life.  We have installed Windows 7 on several older laptops and PC’s and have been amazed at its speed however, it will take a newer PC to take advantage of all Windows 7’s newest features.  Windows 7 starts to bring a new era of simplified computing to the world. The user interface is slick looking and also includes a new task bar with big easy to see icons that allow you to jump between application that are open , access recently opened applications, and chose to doc or un-doc specific applications from your task bar.

There are also built in migration tools to move you from your old computer into your new windows 7 computer and even more impressive is the fact that the migration tools work pretty well.

The list of improvement in this operation system goes on and on, including:

  • Gadgets
  • Themes
  • Shortcuts
  • Advancements in minimizing and maximizing windows
  • New preview options
  • Advanced media (audio and video) capabilities
  • Virtual XP mode for legacy applications
  • Technical advances including advanced driver support and an OS that does not bog down your computer
  • Backup and recovery tools

And the list continues on…

The next obvious question is:  Should I move to windows 7?

My answer to this depends. I know the OS is stable because I have been testing it for the last several months with very few problems. But like any new technology product there are small problems and annoyances that will be fixed in the coming months with service packs and greater third party support for the OS.

I maintain that for home use I would encourage anyone getting a new PC to move right into windows 7 but for office use I suggest you pay close attention to whether or not the software you depend on and use every day is Windows 7 compatible.  While normally, it is always our policy to be right behind the cutting edge of technology and new releases because those that are right at the edge often get to work out all the little bugs and problems and they enjoy doing it, however, Windows 7 looks to be a winner right out of the gate for most environments..

If you give this OS six months you will hear me say that you should be creating your organizations migration path.

Until that time maybe its best to let someone else deal with the nasty nicks and bruises that are associated with the cutting edge.