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10 Press Reviews That Tell The Story of Windows 7

In general, the press was generally positive about Microsoft's first official presentation of Windows 7, the successor of the ill-fated Windows Vista, partly due to the fact that it can't get worse than it currently is.

Vista still has 15 months before Windows 7 is officially launched but given the fact that the global economy is in turmoil and the shadow of a full scale worldwide recession is looming on us means that Vista could well be Microsoft's new "Millennium" OS.

So here's a selection of some of the reactions from the press and bloggers worldwide.

ZDNet : Windows 7: Mixed reviews from PDC attendees (opens in new tab)

(opens in new tab)"It looks like a re-packaged Vista [with] a little bit of eye candy," said Daniel McGloin, a software engineer at Intuit. Other users saw Microsoft's decision to keep many things the same as a good decision. "This is what Vista should have been," was a response heard several times on Tuesday.

ElectricPig : Microsoft shows off ultra-smart Windows 7, Mac similarities obvious (opens in new tab)

"Windows 7 even comes with native support for AAC, H.264, DivX and Xvid files without the need for extra downloads. For once, we’re excited about the next generation of Windows. Microsoft’s learnt a hard lesson with Vista, but the latest OS looks like being an absolute barnstormer."

Infoworld : Windows 7: Oops! Microsoft did it again! (opens in new tab)

"Overall, I'm extremely disappointed with Windows 7. Far from atoning for Vista's sins, Windows 7 simply carries them forward, visiting them upon yet another generation. All of which makes me even more convinced that I was really on to something last summer when I posed the question: Is it finally time to cut and run?"

Techradar : Hands on: pre-beta Windows 7 review (opens in new tab)

"That's certainly a welcome change from Vista (being able to run Windows 7 on netbooks). But the really surprising thing about Windows 7 is that the individually small improvements add up to so much of a difference."

The Register : Windows 7 early promise: Passes the Vista test (opens in new tab)

"Windows 7 will be the first version overseen by Windows and Windows Live engineering group senior vice president Steven Sinofsky, who described the development process in some detail for us. He has a methodical and disciplined approach and I doubt we will see a repeat of the Vista debacle, in terms of slippage, bugs and massive code rewrites."

Arstechnica : First look at Windows 7's User Interface (opens in new tab)

"UI changes represent a brave move by the company. The new UI takes the concepts that Windows users have been using for the last 13 years and extends them in new and exciting ways. Windows 7 may not change much under the hood, but the extent of these interface changes makes it clear that this is very much a major release."

Activewin : "Windows 7 : A preview" (opens in new tab)

"It’s safe to say I am overwhelmed, overjoyed and most of all excited about Windows 7. This is the release of Windows everybody has been waiting for, it’s what Vista was meant to be and beyond that. Windows 7 puts the user first; it’s about going back to the fundamentals of what an operating system must do"

Eweek : Windows 7 a Big Improvement over Vista (opens in new tab)

"Rather than constitute some major leap from Vista, Windows 7 feels like a tighter, faster version of Vista, with an assortment of worthwhile feature enhancements, including various improved and new features for enterprise users."

Paul Thurrott's Supersite : Let's Just Pretend Vista Never Happened, Shall We? (opens in new tab)

"Well, let me ruin the surprise up front. Windows 7 is Windows Vista done right. If you're already a fan of Windows Vista, you'll love Windows 7 because it's a better rendition of that earlier OS. If you're a Vista hater, take heart: The makers of Windows 7 have reevaluated virtually everything."

Betanews : The hard job of moving on after Vista (opens in new tab)

"Since Windows 7's architecture is not a fundamental change from Vista, the company can't afford to tell its enterprise customers that they've just invested millions in a flawed product, even if it means telling customers they're wrong and the problem is with their own perception."

See also Snapshots : Windows 7 Beta in 10 Pictures, Windows 7 : What Vista SHOULD have been in the first place

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.