Is Windows 7 just Vista done right, or is it a real departure for Microsoft? This week on the Roundtable, we discuss what Windows 7 means for the industry as well as its impact on vendors like Apple and Google--with special guests Farhad Manjoo of Slate and Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet.
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Reporters' Roundtable #6: What Windows 7 means
We are days away from the launch of Windows 7. There is, to put it mildly, a lot riding on this release. Vista never lived up to expectations. Even today, three years after release, Vista has less than 19 percent of market share, and it's declining, according to Net Applications. Many people never upgraded from XP or got a machine with XP instead of Vista. Some are even abandoning Vista for the not-for-sale-yet Windows 7 through various pre-release programs. What can Windows 7 really do for Microsoft, and the tech industry? Click past the jump for the full show notes for this episode of Reporters Roundtable and for the full content, play the podcast, above.
Windows overall still holds more than 92 percent market share, but it's the old and creaky XP that people are using, not Vista. Meanwhile Apple continues to win new converts and fans with OS Ten, which keeps getting better, not worse. The Mac platform recently topped 5 percent market share.
Windows 7 is Microsoft's attempt to recover from Vista. Can it, and will it, work? To discuss what Windows 7 means to Microsoft and the industry overall, we have two great guests on the Roundtable.
In the studio with us is FARHAD MANJOO, author of a fantastic tech column at Slate. Farhad is also author of the book, "True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society."
And coming in over the internets, MARY JO FOLEY, author of the always insightful All About Microsoft blog over at ZDNet. It's a great read if you want to know what's going on with Windows, and I'd said it's required reading if you're responsible for supporting Windows installations. Mary Jo is also author of the book, Microsoft 2.0.
First: What the hell happened with Vista?
What has changed inside Microsoft as a result of it?
How important is Win 7 to MS?
Can Win 7 turn the tide?
Isn't Win 7 really Vista SP2?
Is Win 7 more important for Microsoft on the consumer or the business customer side?
Consumers - what do they want?
Businesses - How did MS fail them w/ Vista, what is different about 7?
Most important features in Win 7 (UI? XP mode? Sleep? Revised UAC?)
Importance of Netbooks. Is Windows too big?
Is Apple a threat? What are they doing right, wrong? How about Google?
What has MS learned from Apple, Linux?
Finally: What's next? Do OSes really matter in the era of the Web and x-platform AIR apps?