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Over at the Train Signal Training blog, Brian Nelson has an excellent post on what lessons from Vista have been rolled into Windows 7.
Personally I would never say that I hated Vista, but I did choose to go back to XP after trying it for a few weeks. Was I being manipulated by the bad press? Possibly, but I doubt I would ever know for sure. What I do know, however, was that it just didn’t “feel” right to me. The interface seemed sluggish and clunky, probably all my own perception (I know I felt that file copies were slower, even though they were demonstrably faster.) I was always of the opinion that Microsoft’s missteps early in the development of Vista caused them to lose so much time that a bunch of corners had to be cut.
Well, Windows 7 feels to me like it has all of those corners filled in and the sharp edges rounded off. I clicked with it quite immediately. Again, it could have been from all the good press, but I don’t think that’s a complete explanation. I do believe that Windows 7 brings back a lot of goodwill that was spent on Vista, and it proves that Microsoft isn’t quite as incompetent as the popular perception leads.