Windows 7: Finally an End to the Ordeal of Vista

It's even better than aging fallback Windows XP
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2009 7:51 AM CDT
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, right, and Windows president Steven Sinofsky announce the anticipated release of Windows 7 to PC makers on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/Microsoft, Erik S. Lesser)
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(Newser) – PC users who've suffered the agonies of Vista are finally about to get a reprieve, Walt Mossberg says: Windows 7, to be released Oct. 22, is "a faster and much better operating system than the little-loved Windows Vista, which did a lot to harm both the company's reputation, and the productivity and blood pressure of its users." It's not only better than Vista, it's the better than the venerable Windows XP, he declares, and "a pleasure to use."

Mossberg finds Windows 7 eliminates the main Vista flaws—"sluggishness; incompatibility with third-party software and hardware; heavy hardware requirements; and constant, annoying security warnings"—and is packed with new features that help organize your programs and files, and launch pages or documents quickly. "It also has cool built-in touch-screen features," he writes in the Wall Street Journal.