After reading a few positive reviews of the Windows 7 beta yesterday, I thought I might give it a go myself. The experience was far from good. I’ll admit I only tried it for about 20 minutes, but that was enough for me to determine I was not impressed. First off, the first 2 programs I opened had “compatability issues”. Now as I developer, I know its hard for Microsoft to make sure that everything that has ever run under windows continues to do so. But the two programs where Norton Anti-Virus and Google Chrome. These are VERY new products (Norton 2008) . So what’s the deal Microsoft ? Maybe since it’s still just a beta I shouldn’t jump to conclusions, but I feel that Microsoft’s problems are far greater reaching than this. Now when Vista first came out, it was pretty terrible. Not nearly as terrible as Apple would have you believe, but bad none the less. But now, its pretty solid. there are still a few performance issues and bugs here and there, but overall its a decent operating system. The problem is that Vista, as well as Windows 7, is nothing but a response to OS X 10.4 and up. Microsoft is running around like chickens with their heads cut off because suddenly they have competition. But rather than focus on innovation, they are simply copying what Apple does. Take windows 7 for example. Now there is a new “taskbar” which behaves suspiciously like the OS X dock. I like the Dock in OS X, but why does windows need one? If you ask me, what Microsoft should do is just pretend Apple doesn’t exist and say to themselves … “if we were a startup, and we wanted to make the best operating system ever, what would we do”. Don’t worry about what Apple is doing. You need to become innovative rather than responsive.