PC Magazine: ‘Give us your thoughts on Windows’

PC Magazine is looking for readers to tell them what they think of Windows, past and present, and what they’d like to see in future versions. Your quote, and your photo, may appear in an upcoming issue. Just answer one or all of the following questions:

• For long-time Windows users, what was the first version you worked with, and what were your first impressions of it?
• How did you come upon Windows for the first time? At work? At a friend’s house? What surprised you or disappointed you about it?
• Do you use Windows in any unusual or unique ways?
• What do you think of Windows’ world dominance?
• If you could change one thing about Windows XP, what would it be?
• What would you like to see in future versions of Windows?

Info on where to send your responses to any or all of the above questions here.

36 Comments

  1. just my 2c..i’m a mac user but have used windows machines off and on at work since 3.1…….i’ve never liked the lack of fluid and intuitive work flow. not even in xp….but of nearly all things considered there is one thing about osx that i still fight with and that is the dock. lately i’ve kept it on the left side. i think i like it there best but i still get windows that want to duck behind the dock or if the dock is hidden it annoyingly pops up if i get to close…so with that said i have to admit there is something admirable how the task bar is designed to be very tidy which resolves the problems i just mentioned but i’ve always thought that it probably appeals to the business sensitivities for mimicking a more tidy desktop environment. i really hope apple works this one out. i’ll be so friggin happy when they do.

  2. 1) Windows 3.1 – best version ever… barely got any better.
    2) School.
    3) ummmm, I use it when I need to (irrelevant question)
    4) World dominance is dying.
    5) Change it? I would make the Taskbar more user-friendly (nothing beat’s the Mac’s Dock) and combine any of the 10,000 different dialog boxes and windows needed to accomplish anything (ya wonder why they call it Windows).
    6) Future? I hope in the future, the only windows in my life are those filling holes in the walls of my homes and vehicles. There’ll be no room for software called Windows.

    MW: Windows will be “left” behind.

  3. How would I change windoze? I would try and make sure that it runs on an Intel Mac because that is what everybody is gonna be buying. And M$ better make sure that they keep playing nice with the game developers cuz that is fast becoming the only area where they have an advantage.

    On Intel Macs it will be OS X for creativity and work and surfing the internet and email, Windoze for games and old windoze only proprietary apps.

  4. For long-time Windows users, what was the first version you worked with, and what were your first impressions of it?

    Some dumb shell on top of DOS and a rather bad copy of the Mac OS.

    • How did you come upon Windows for the first time? At work? At a friend’s house? What surprised you or disappointed you about it?

    Work, the rather clunky interface.

    • Do you use Windows in any unusual or unique ways?

    Yes, to critisize and demean every chance I get.

    • What do you think of Windows’ world dominance?

    Micrsoft should have been broken up long ago like MaBell.

    • If you could change one thing about Windows XP, what would it be?

    Erase the hard drive and install Mac OS X.

    • What would you like to see in future versions of Windows?

    A mandatory recall and a apology to the world.

  5. 1) 3.1, it was just gawdoawful
    2) Grad School – slow and awful compared to a Mac at that time.
    3) Nothing unusual for an engineering environment.
    4) Stifles innovation.
    5) Get rid of the vulnerability towards viruses and malware, and Apple will have its hands really full. Protecting against virii doesn’t matter since virii don’t exist.
    6) See first part of number 5.

  6. Here’s what I emailed:

    1. For long-time Windows users, what was the first version you worked with, and what were your first impressions of it?

    A. Some worthless shell (Win3.1) on top of DOS and a rather poor copy of the Mac OS 6. Would have rather just stuck to DOS as it was much more efficient than the horrid Windows interface.

    2. How did you come upon Windows for the first time? At work? At a friend’s house? What surprised you or disappointed you about it?

    A. Summer internship at a company. I thought “Wow, someone managed to copy the Mac, and did a horrible job at it.”

    3. Do you use Windows in any unusual or unique ways?

    A. SQL and .NET (C#) development as my job, get go home to my wonderful Macs.

    4. What do you think of Windows’ world dominance?

    A. The best isn’t always what the masses decide on (i.e. Ford, McDonalds, Starbucks).

    5. If you could change one thing about Windows XP, what would it be?

    A. Erase the hard drive, trash the generic hardware and purchase a Mac with MacOS X installed.

    6. What would you like to see in future versions of Windows?

    A. Less MacOS X copying, it’s getting too obvious these days who actually leads R&D of the computer industry.

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