“Windows 7 was built to fix the problems that plagued Vista, and it unquestionably succeeds in doing that. It’s a bit less bloated, and it runs a bit faster. The annoying security alerts from User Account Control have been quieted. And the compatibility issues with third-party software and hardware device drivers have largely been ironed away; after all, it’s been two and a half years since Vista debuted. Windows 7 even includes a virtual ‘XP mode’ for running legacy programs,” Curtis Franklin Jr. reports for Computerworld.
“Windows 7 goes a few steps beyond merely repairing Vista. It borrows –and improves on — tricks from the Mac’s playbook to make it easier and faster to organize files and launch programs. Like Apple’s operating system, Windows 7 not only looks good, but it has tools and shortcuts that help you work more efficiently,” Franklin Jr. reports.
“Still, once you’ve had Mac, can you ever go back? Mac OS X Leopard received rave reviews for good reason, and Snow Leopard further improved OS X. Although the changes to the GUI are minimal (why mess with success?), there are important improvements under the hood,” Franklin Jr. reports.
Franklin Jr. reports, “After spending a few weeks with both new operating systems and exposing each to my geek’s gauntlet of everyday tasks — e-mail, instant messaging, Web surfing, blogging, creating and editing Office documents, Web page creation, and audio, video, and photo editing — I have to call Snow Leopard the winner. All considered, from starting up to backing up, Mac OS X still offers the best overall user experience.”
Find out how Computerworld’s Curtis Franklin Jr. believes Windows 7 and Snow Leopard compare in usability, features, security, and speed here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]