Windows 7

Catching up with news on the CustomPC website and there’s an interesting article entitled: Microsoft strips email and photo apps from Windows 7.

Next version of Windows will come without the clutter of extra software as standard, although you’ll be able to download equivalent software from Windows Live.

Market share

Hmm … that seems like a brave move. I was reading in an article in (I think) this month’s PC Plus magazine that Windows’ market share has been declining over the last few years, mostly to both Linux and Mac. The latter helped along by the “Hi! I’m a Mac, and I’m a PC” adverts, and … well, the unpopularity of Windows Vista.

It just works!

Mac has the tagline: “It just works!”  Perhaps Windows should have: “Never a dull moment!”

But one of the things that I’ve heard from converted Mac users is how great it is to plug in a new Mac and just get on with things: email, photos, videos, surfing the Web, office tasks.

And yet Microsoft are moving away from this?

To do these sort of tasks Windows XP came with:

  • Outlook Express
  • Paint
  • Windows Movie Maker
  • Internet Explorer
  • WordPad

(Why no calendar application?!)

From what I’ve heard, not really in the same league as the built-in software in Mac OS X Leopard, for example; perhaps with the exception of Movie Maker, which is a decent piece of basic movie-making software.

My verdict

Personally, at the moment, I’m not convinced that this is the right way to go.  It just seems to me to making things harder, not easier, for new or inexperienced PC users to just get on and do stuff with their new PCs, without first having to download and install a bunch of applications from Windows Live.

I could, of course, be completely wrong and we’ll discover that the user-interface for this is wonderfully simple and intuitive to use … I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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