I am not sure whether anybody, including Microsoft, knows the exact figures, but I assume that today, Christmas day, tens of thousands of brand new PCs, with Windows 7 preloaded, were fired up around the Globe. Many won’t bother to activate Windows 7 today. Plus, there is the totally out-of-control pirating of Windows 7. Hence, if I TRY to factor in India, China and Vietnam, probably 40% of the copies of Windows 7 that were fired up today, for the first time, were probably pirated. The number maybe higher. I doubt whether it is lower. Despite Microsoft’s inexplicable, inexcusable and irresponsible claim that it would provide updates and support for pirated copies of Windows 7, unstinted, I am sure that quite a few users of pirated Windows 7 will refrain from hitting the Microsoft site. Hence my belief that we will never know how many folks got Windows 7 for Christmas. But I am sure it was a LOT.
So today Windows 7 comes of age. At any other time I would have said that it would be the day of reckoning.
But I have to admit, however grudgingly, that Microsoft DID GOOD with Windows 7. Yes, Microsoft, take a bow. And that coming from me is akin to Newt Gringrich parising Obama’s health care bill! Until Windows 7 I have never, for valid reasons, been a great fan of Microsoft. But, I have always been willing to give credit when credit was due.
Yes, as I myself have found there are BUGS in Windows 7. Just check the ‘Windows 7 Problems’ category here. Yes, these bugs indicate that Windows 7 was not adequately tested. But, by and large, Windows 7 is amazingly resilient and responsive. Consequently, I do not think that there will be too many people today, Christmas day, unhappy with their Windows 7 experience. That is good.
All that said, I still expect that we will see a TON of ‘open box’ Windows 7 machines for sale at places like Best Buy, TigerDirect etc. within the next few days. But that would not be because Windows 7 was a pig. I think today’s economy will be a factor. There will be some buyer’s remorse. “Do I really need a new laptop in the current climate?” So check out the deals. I plan to snap up at least one decent Windows 7 rig to serve as a backup.
Talking of backups … the refurbished Dell … with Windows XP Professional I got from TigerDirect arrived Christmas eve. I fired it up the night of Christmas eve when nothing in the house was stirring. WOW. TigerDirect did me proud. Great machine. Fast and clean. As promised. I installed all that I wanted on it. Best $169 I have spent in a long time … maybe my entire life. THANK YOU TigerDirect.