Yesterday I was sitting in the lobby of the hotel waiting for my ride to a client meeting. A MacBook user walked up to me an commented on the slightly different power adapter on my MacBook Air (as compared to say a MacBook Pro). We talked about the relative performance of a few of the different models and then I mentioned that I was actually running Windows 7.
A lot of people aren’t even aware that Windows 7 is on its way. I ended up having a bit of a conversation about how Windows 7 runs very well on my MacBook Air – much better than Vista.
Overall I think the feel around Windows 7 is very positive in the technical community and I think with that Microsoft is going to be very successful with this new release. Vista got such a bad name so early that it was impossible to recover from and as much as people despised Vista, their XP environments are starting to get a bit long in the tooth.
Besides – if you are a Mac OS X user, Windows 7 is much more interesting than Apple’s latest offering. Their latest marketing material reads like a bunch of “mediocre and proud of it” statements.