I'm not a big fan of Windows Vista. Basically, it annoys me.
Many of the tasks that were quick and simple to do in XP were changed in Vista, and I saw no real reason for the changes. I think Microsoft decided to change things just for the sake of change.
Maybe they thought people would think it was better just because it was different.
I'm not above saying it. The emperor has no clothes, and the Vista operating system was a flop. Microsoft won't say that, of course. Instead, they will tell you how umpteen gazillion copies of it have been sold, and if they've sold that many, well, then it must be good.
They don't mention that most of the copies sold came pre-installed on new PCs, and the buyer didn't have much of a choice. And they won't tell you that a good percentage of the Vista licenses sold to businesses are really covering a downgraded install of Windows XP Professional, which is what the customer really wanted in the first place.
The next version of Windows, Windows 7, was originally scheduled to be released in 2010. But guess what? They're speeding up the development of it, and it will probably be released late in 2009. Could it be that even Microsoft wants to get past Vista?
This is all conjecture on my part, of course. Still, I think there may be something to it.
Anyway, Microsoft released a beta version of Windows 7 a little while ago, to get it out into circulation among testers, to help work the bugs out of it.
I don't usually get involved in things like that, but this time I decided to try it out and see what the next system they were going to push out was like. Since I have a Microsoft TechNet subscription, I could download it and try it out.