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Wow, has this ever stirred things up! :-) Is anyone really surprised though?  This has been expected for at least 2 years now.  If Win7 didn’t have a SKU for Netbooks, this might even be interesting.  Having used Win7 for several months now, I can’t see any reason I would go for such a downgraded experience as a Chrome-based OS.  Still, it will be sure to continue to generate news and I’m curious to see how things work out. 

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  • I can't believe MS would put out such junk and Vista, it reminds me of ME. We have spent hundreds of dollars having tech guys come to our house to fix the problems we have had with Vista. The average person isn't tech savvy enough to fix all the issues that pop up with MS's very, very, very bad operating system.

    Why should we believe anything you say about Win7? I can remember reading great reviews about Vista before it launched also. Then instead of having an option of getting XP on our new computer...everyone was forced to purchase a computer with Vista.

    You bXXXXXXXX!

    Oh...I just remembered you also loose your sound when you install service pack 1.

    Please tell Mr. Gates I am glad he has all that charitable money to give away...maybe he can reimburse our family for the tech costs we have spent using Vista.

    Tim Smith

    St. Louis, MO


  • Your feedback is fair Tim.  I too was very skeptical (even as a Microsoft employee) that Win7 would be different.  The proof is in experiencing it for yourself.  I would encourage you to try an evaluation copy of Windows 7 to see for yourself.  I've used a broad range of OSs in my lifetime and this is truly one of the best I've used.  

  • I bought netbooks for my cousins and niece. If you see what they use them for--youtube!--you would see that there is a niche, yet sizable, market for Chrome OS type things. The only compatibility such devices need is with Web technologies (javascript, flash, etc). Even serviceability is not an issue for that segment.

  • Well, if the Chrome browser is any indication of what the

    OS might do, Microsoft should pay attention.

    Having switched to Chrome, I now use it 95% of the

    time, keeping IE for the rare cases where a site does not support Chrome.  IE is bloated and very slow (truth - I am still using IE 6) - cannot stand the later versions of IE.

  • Some of these comments are really interesting.

    Anybody who has to spend hundreds in repairs for a Vista computer is either using the wrong repair people (Geeksquad?) or a computer setup that is too complicated for them to manage. I've had many clients who have begrudgingly bought new Vista computers when a motherboard goes or something, and they have been pleasantly surprised with the fact that it works great. I think out of the box there are many things wrong with Vista (UAC and Indexing are two things I disable off the bat) but the response I see is that it looks much better and feels more stable.

    With what raj said, I agree that for his cousins and niece, a browser-based OS may be all they need. But would you buy them that? How much are Win7 starter edition licenses, $50? Seems it would be worth the trade off for the vast improvement in functionality, although web apps definitely does offset this some.

    The point may be moot, though, when Chrome simply can't break into stores in much the way Ubuntu, Fedora and other Linux flavors have seen.

    And for Philippe, IE6? Seriously? If IE7 is slow on your computer, it may be time for an upgrade. I run a Pentium Dual Core with 2.5 gigs of RAM (not at all an advanced setup, and honestly a bargain-price processor) and IE7 flies. Can't argue with you on IE8 though, and I like Chrome for its web design features.

    I can't believe I just typed all that. Like the blog :)

  • Daniel: Your comment of "How much are Win7 starter edition licenses, $50? Seems it would be worth the trade off for the vast improvement in functionality, although web apps definitely does offset this some."

    1. That $50 is wasted.

    2. That is a big chunk of the $300 price.

    3. Along with extra functionality, comes the extra maintenance cost (I just had to spend time with my sister this week helping her download and run Malwarebyte's anti-malware tool because she realized she got infected and that the Norton is unable to clean it up).

    4. I use Windows XP, and I have been using less and less functionality over the years. I open MS word in Google Docs etc. The only reason I am stuck is for Quicken, and I hate that app! As soon as Yodlee or Mint can do the job, I am basically out.

    5. I _could_ see people using Windows for creating movies etc, but I prefer MacOS (iMovie and iDvd) for that activity.

    Whether or not Chrome/Chrome OS can win is a separate discussion: I think not in the business sense (Google can't make money out of it), but I think it would win in terms of redefining the space (stripped down appliance).

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