Windows 7, after 1 Month of usage

I was actually hoping to install Windows 7 on my business machine approximately next year after February. But I could not wait until then. First of all was my previous XP Pro was failing me, I also got into disk space issue. Therefore I actually installed Windows 7 and run it off my ageing IBM T43.

The verdict was, as what I have mentioned in my reviews on Windows 7 Beta, It really is a OS built with the user in mind, and bear in mind that it is not just for IT Professional, it is actually built so simple that non IT people might even be able to do an installation of Windows  7 on their own with a little help from the web.

One month of heavy usage with applications installed and printer be it local or network printer, network share, file sharing rights, everything that vista got it wrong initially, Windows 7 did it right. There is nothing to complain about Windows 7. Whatever you need it to perform, it will perform for you. except for some minor glitches which is expected of any OS when launched initially.

It runs most applications with ease and even those that are yet certified to work with Windows 7. No problem, I have yet to encounter any commercial applications which could not work with Windows 7. Some freeware software do have issues with Windows 7, but I think that should be solved fast, due to the popularity of Windows 7.

A couple of my clients did enquire with me on the performance of Windows 7. Well I told them that I’m running it with no issues and they should not have any issues also. The main issues lies with the bulk of Windows 2000 and Windows XP users. They will have some learning curve to learn, as the interface is more alike towards Windows Vista. End users are scared of using something unfamiliar as it will hamper with the work and lower down their productivity due to time wastage on looking for stuff that they normally use which might now be somewhere else. I still feel that it will be worth the time loss initially. As they get used to the new interface and the new way of searching for documents, tagging of documents, they will find that as time goes and they got more used to the interface, they will actually be increasing productivity.

To upgrade or not still depends on a lot of factors and for your consideration I have listed down some of them.

Hardware : If you are having an ageing hardware with Windows 2000 or Windows XP loaded. It’s time to move to Windows 7 as your hardware might fail you anytime also.

Software : If you are using Windows 2000 or Windows 98. Don’t think, Change to Windows 7. Most of newer applications will not support Windows 98 and Windows 2000.

Software : If you are running Windows Vista right now. Then depending on your hardware age, You don’t really need to spend the money to change as Windows Vista is quite stable right now except for the resource hungry issue that you face. If your hardware is still new, then you would definitely be able to still stay with Windows Vista

Software : Windows XP, I would strongly encourage you to upgrade to Windows 7. Do a system compatibility check first to determine your hardware capability first and do upgrade if your hardware is able to support Windows 7.

Windows 7 Launch in Singapore

This was supposed to be published 2 days back, but I was just too tired after the event to do any posting and therefore have to wait until today whereby I have some time to compile the pictures and do my posting.

Launch of Windows 7 in Singapore, held in Mohamed Sultan, It was an event which media from the region was invited and Speakers from the region gave demo and introduce features of Windows 7.

There were 4 demos inside the conference hall, comprising of “Outdoor”, “Office”, “Bedroom” and “Living Room”, MVPs from the region were invited and they showed attendees how Windows 7 help them in their daily life from working, communicating with friends, viewing photos, watching videos to gaming online.

 

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1 Day before official Launch of Windows 7

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The live demo of Bedroom and Living Room

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Booth where different manufacturer notebooks will be on display

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Morning of the Launch Day with Standing Banners of Windows 7 outside the venue

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At the outside hall, Manufacturers displayed their latest Notebooks and PCs with Windows 7 installed

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Games and Videos running at the live demo area

Almost Dinner with Bread’s Girl

I’m really excited as I’m writing this post, I just had a chance to sit down with my Bread’s Girl seeing her having her dinner. She was having dinner alone and my friend’s wife happen to be off work and went over to chat with her, my friend and I then went over to sit down and chat with her. I was really excited of being given this chance to get this close to her.

I was so tensed that I hardly talk when we were sitting together, Really useless, but then it will be a night where I won’t forget easily, October 20th 2009. I guess majority of you would also have this strange when meeting with someone you really wish to meet but hardly get the chance. That was how I was feeling just now.

The other thing that got me excited also is Windows 7 Launch in Singapore, I will be at the setup for the launch and also at the launch day October 22nd 2009. I will be witnessing the Official Press Media Launch of Windows 7 in Singapore. Really excited and I hope to be able to do a live update during the launch.

As written on Windows 7 before, I really think that this version of Windows 7 will be much better than Vista. Stay tuned guys, as I will definitely give a live report if possible during the official launch.

Windows 7 release date

Windows 7 Is scheduled for release on the 22nd October 2009. As a Beta user, I felt that Windows 7 will be much more stable then Vista. Vista roadmap to me will be almost the same as Windows ME, “forgotten soon” that is if you still remember that Microsoft did have this product before. I could say that Windows ME is the worst OS that I encountered, and a lot of people agree also.

Vista is not that bad, It is just that there’s too much hiccups on the release and Microsoft is not fast enough to rectify the errors and this lead to a lot of complaints and it even force OEM manufacturer to fall back on to installing Windows XP Pro on their machine with Vista License, exercising the OEM OS License Downgrade Rights.

I felt that this time round, Windows 7 will be a winner, What I personally felt is that Vista came in at a wrong time also, It was with mixed feeling that user finally upgraded from Windows 2000 to Windows XP Pro after service pack 2 was release. A lot of improvements was seen with Windows XP Pro service pack 2, User starts to trust Windows XP Pro and migrate to it.

It was then Vista was announced. Those user who jumped straight into Windows Vista, curse and swear, there were networking issues, system applications issues, OEM Manufacturers, System Integrators, Software House were all in a fix, being called up by clients and chasing them for update to software, updates to divers and so on. Some were not ready to move up to vista, some fear after hearing complaints and feedback. Soon, Most initial Vista user gave up and revert back to the stable Windows XP Pro.

Windows 7, I have the confidence this time round that it will be better off than vista, Although hiccups is likely to happen, I would be surprised if there is no hiccups, but I think this time round it should be better.

I’m looking forward to the release and see how market reacts to it. But it my own opinion, it will take at least 3 to 6 months for everything to settle down. Judging at the release, I think I should also be migrating my main platform to Windows 7 somewhere in February 2010. It’s a nice timing as I also need to change this Lappy of mine which has been working non stop for the past 3 years and also my trusted Windows XP Pro OS.