fool me once, shame on windows vista. fool me twice, i’ll never use your software again.
microsoft is shipping windows 7 on october 22, 2009, and this time it had better work. windows 7 is essentially what vista was supposed to be: the next great thing after windows xp. but vista was death incarnate was digital cancer had so many problems, that loyal windows users clung for dear life to xp, and it prompted the unthinkable to happen: someone else (google) to jump into the operating system competition (with google chrome).
the situation is a bit more dire than most people realize. the door is already wide open for google not only to continue domination in the search market (bing+yahoo still loses to google badly), but to take over in the operating system market as well. with apple’s resurgence as the greatest operating system and computer on earth and google on the way to the top, microsoft absolutely must deliver with windows 7.
microsoft managed to survive the vista debacle because they can hemorrhage cash for years and still not need to visit the emergency room. but if they fail again, microsoft will have so violated the public’s trust in their brand that they may not recover. with their stock price still worth less that it was one two five years ago, and with essential ownership of a partnership with flailing yahoo, it is essential that windows 7 be a success. otherwise, the inevitable will happen long before it should: google will rise to the top and displace microsoft as the world’s leading operating system.