Posted by jonathan at 8:07am EST on 01/08/2009
The infamous Steve Ballmer announced at CES that Windows 7, the next version of Windows, will be available for download — for free. Bear in mind though, this is just the beta. I had previously beta tested Vista and was really unhappy with it.
My desktop still runs on Windows XP and oddly enough, I’m still happy with it. XP gets the job done for me, but despite getting the job done, I’m still far happier with OS X on my slightly used Macbook Air.
Ballmer said that this is the “best version of Windows ever.” Didn’t Microsoft say that about Vista? And..well..we all know how Vista went. I quote Tony from Twitter, “Vista is the Windows ME of 2008 ” And I agree with him.
I have the same doubts about Windows 7 that I had about Windows Vista. It’s going to be the same copycat features, the same flawed “enhancements,” and they will release it before it’s actually ready [as they always do.]
Google is building its own operating system. Whether they are willing to admit it or not, they are. It’s quite obvious. With all the desktop software they’re creating and everything they are doing with Android, they are definitely creating a desktop operating system.
Google tried to cover up a lie about saying that they were not creating a mobile device, but they were creating a operating system for it. It’s inevitable that Google will release an operating system and Microsoft will need to be a par or higher to stay in the competition.
Here are the files that are available.