Now, I could be biased here. Seriously, I could be. Because I do indeed like Windows 7.
Windows 7 was the first version of Windows that I can truly say has never caused me to want to pull my hair out. It’s fast, it doesn’t get in the way of what I want to do, and it’s rock solid stable. Unless you have particularly sucky hardware, Windows 7 runs smoothly and elegantly.
What Microsoft should have done was built upon the success of Windows 7 which is by far the most popular version of Windows Microsoft has ever produced by working under the hood. I have talked to a lot of people on the Internet and in real life, the general consensus is that they like Windows 7. When you have that majority of people liking your OS, why in God’s name would you mess with a good thing? You take what you have that’s already shown to be a gigantic success and build upon it. It’s smart business sense.
But no, Microsoft had to go and take a major gamble and they lost big time. And Ballmer is seen as the person who ushered in Windows 8 and he paid the price.
I certainly hope that Windows 9 fixes the issues that are so glaringly obvious in Windows 8/8.1 that you’d have to be blind, deaf, and a complete moron not to see.
There’s a vast majority of people who are like us that have grown up with computers or have been using computers for the last twenty years. That is the group that Microsoft basically told to go jump off a cliff with Windows 8. I see Windows 8 as the ultimate insult for those of us that have been with them for decades.