After the relative flop of Windows Vista, Microsoft has decided to take a much more proactive approach to the launch of Windows 7. In an effort to encourage trial and upgrade Microsoft has decided to allow purchases of the new OS to downgrade to Windows XP if the new operating system doesn’t suit their needs.

Windows XP is still the default operating system for the majority of businesses and home users around the world but at nearly nine years old the OS has started to show its age. While Windows XP is still a very strong OS in forms of stability and runs on a limited resource set, there are many areas in which it has been surpassed. For all its short comings Widows Vista is the most secure Microsoft operating system to date. Vista also has advanced the virtual memory handling of its 64 bit operating system which allows faster response time and enhanced capabilities of graphics and video editing software. While this particular feature isn’t a necessity for the majority of users today eventually basic productivity software will benefit from this as well.

In a rather brilliant design decision, Microsoft has devised a plan to get these features to the masses with the release of its new operating system this fall. Businesses that wish to test Windows 7 will have the opportunity of experience all of the new features. However, if they decide that the new OS doesn’t suit their needs Widows 7 ships with a hassle free rollback feature which will allow users to downgrade to Windows XP. This versatility allows for a much greater audience to experience the new OS features without the problem of feeling trapped by the purchase. As an added benefit to consumers, the Windows XP operating system, which is now hard to come by, will once again be available IF you don’t mind going through Windows 7.

Since Widows 7 promotes a strong emphasis on usability enhancement it is nice to see that Microsoft has applied the same concept to acquiring the OS as well. If the operating systems features work as intended and enough people are allowed to test them out for themselves this could finally be the OS to replace Windows XP as the industry standard. It will be interesting to see how things pan out later this year when Windows 7 is released.

– Richard Keene
IT Computer Support of New York
Design and Optimization Department