Thursday, October 15, 2009

Windows 7 in One Week

The launch parties are a week away, so get ready for Windows 7.  Launch party hosts like TheMacCFO have received instructions on how to throw a party, how long to let guests mingle before showing off Windows 7, and how to burn copies of the music to a CD.  Fascinating.  Also provided, a launch pack with puzzle pieces, Windows 7 playing cards, Windows 7 ballons, Windows 7 napkins, free coupons for anti-virus and anti-spyware software (I could not make this stuff up) and a copy of Windows 7.  Along with a warning to install the software a few days before to "get familiar" with it.

Interesting that the same slogan is working for admirers and detractors, with Microsoft paid bloggers stressing "It's Still Windows" and critics panning it with the phrase "It's Still Windows".

Apple sees this as an opportunity.

In the coming weeks, Apple is expected to hit those computer buyers with advertising aimed at luring them to its Macs. It will likely make the case that Macs are less susceptible to viruses and are best suited to its popular iPods and iPhones. And look for it to poke fun at Microsoft for making XP owners go through an arduous process to upgrade to Windows 7—one that includes backing up all their files to an external drive, reformatting their PC, and then reinstalling all of their old programs, assuming they still have the CDs. "Any user that reads all those steps is probably going to freak out. If you have to go through all that, why not just buy a Mac?" says Schiller.

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