Windows 7 Beta 1: Enough with the incrementalism

Latest Computerworld column. Bottom line?

If you’ve been frustrated running Vista and can’t downgrade to XP, Win 7 looks like a good upgrade bet. But for machines that run XP, especially if they have SP3 installed, it’s going to be much harder to justify an upgrade in terms of both time and cost. A better version of Vista isn’t what the market is looking for.  Microsoft has run the course with this sort of incrementalism. It needs to really rethink the role of the operating system, finally drop legacy compatibility and take us to the next level of computing. Win 7 is a nice evolution of the Windows family at time when Microsoft needs a real revolution in its offerings.

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