The 10 Biggest Issues in Windows 7
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Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 7, was a vast improvement over Windows Vista. Some have even said that Vista should not have been released in the first place, and that Windows 7 was what Vista should have been. But despite these improvements, Windows 7 still does lack some features. Here are the top ten concerns with Microsoft’s latest operating system.
1. Security. Windows 7 is more secure than Vista, but it still has a ways to go. Microsoft needs to come up with more innovative solutions to Windows security problems.
2. Web integration. Windows 7 does not have much online integration, which is strange considering how crucial the Internet is to today’s consumers. A modern-day operating system needs to have more access to web services, and right now Windows 7 does not have that.
3. Starter edition. Windows 7 Starter Edition is, to put it bluntly, just dumb. It lacks many features that users want and makes buying a Microsoft OS unnecessarily complicated. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that Microsoft should offer one edition of their OS like Apple does.
4. System-wide search. One area that Microsoft has never been strong in is search. I remember having many problems finding files on my old Windows XP computer and unfortunately, Microsoft has not really addressed this issue fully yet. A decent search feature is essential on today’s operating systems, considering the large size of the hard drives offered on both laptops and desktops.
5. Enterprise concerns. Corporate users are still unsure about whether they should upgrade to Windows 7. Microsoft needs to make this clear to them, perhaps with a special ad campaign.
6. Make upgrading easier for XP users. Vista was so bad that many Microsoft users decided to stick with Windows XP. But Microsoft has made it difficult and expensive for these unfortunate customers to upgrade to Windows 7, which is a mistake on the company’s part.
7. Native apps. Users need to download essential apps like Windows Mail before they can use them. And these apps have not been upgraded that much from Windows Vista.
8. Useless apps and bloatware. One of my complaints with Microsoft computers is the abundance of completely useless software that comes pre-installed. To add insult to injury, this bloatware is always difficult to remove, and it can be hard to tell if it’s even been removed entirely. Windows 7 has this useless software, too. It’s about time for Microsoft to remove it and stop plaguing its customers with it.
9. Make upgrading easier for Vista users. There have been significant (30 percent according to some figures) numbers of reports of upgrade issues for Vista users. Microsoft needs to address this problem.
10. Windows 7 learning curve. Windows 7 is kind of like Vista, so Vista users should not have any problems using it. However, it is radically different from XP, and the tutorials included with Windows 7 are not all that useful (which isn’t surprising – Microsoft help files are never useful).
Via eWeek, image via Financial Times.