Windows 7: Paint a Lemon and Call it Innovation?

Windows 7: Paint a Lemon and Call it Innovation?

Summary: Windows 7: Paint a Lemon and Call it Innovation?Author: Eric EversonIn the automotive industry junk cars are dubbed lemons; these are the junkers that shady auto dealers repaint and polish just to make the cars more attractive to unsuspecting car buyers.

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Windows 7: Paint a Lemon and Call it Innovation? Author: Eric Everson

In the automotive industry junk cars are dubbed lemons; these are the junkers that shady auto dealers repaint and polish just to make the cars more attractive to unsuspecting car buyers. So you’ve got to be asking why is a company like Microsoft (a company historically championed for their innovation) being compared to a shady auto dealer. In a nutshell, as you start to actually listen to the tech savvy experts of the world, you too will also begin to uncover that the new Windows 7 platform is surprisingly like the painted lemon you try to avoid when buying a car.

I have to admit, I really do have high expectations for Microsoft so it just makes me shake my head in disappointment to see yet another rush-job pushed prematurely into the software market. Like so many other software gurus, I have to admit that I too was secretly hanging on to the notion that the release of Windows 7 would right all (or at least most) of the wrongs that Vista introduced. As it seems if you were disappointed with Vista (arguably the worst blunder in Microsoft history) then I’m sure you’ll feel the woes of Windows 7 too.

With my intimate history of marketing innovative technologies, I have to say that tying the Windows brand to what is seemingly another junk version of Vista could be detrimental to Microsoft. Unfortunately, this is exactly what the executive powers at Microsoft have done. To make matters worse as many analysts have already noted, Windows 7 in many cases does not even incorporate the fixes that have been worked into Vista. Can anyone else see the buzzards starting to circle in the sky above?

Like I said, I have high expectations for Microsoft so this whole repackaging Vista as an innovative new “Windows 7” is a real let down. With companies like Google gaining traction hard and fast in the Operating System (OS) sector, I believe it’s time for Microsoft to revisit their roots of innovation. Surely the talent hasn’t all jumped ship, but from the looks of things an infusion of new blood might be exactly what Microsoft needs to regain its innovative capital. As it seems today, the stage of the OS sector is being set for a serious shake up.

It’s hard to say it better than InfoWorld’s Randall Kennedy as he noted, “Bottom line: So far, Windows 7 looks, behaves, and performs almost exactly like Windows Vista. And it breaks all sorts of things that used to work just fine under Vista. In other words, Microsoft's follow-up to its most unpopular OS release since Windows Me threatens to deliver zero measurable performance benefits while introducing new and potentially crippling compatibility issues.” Is Windows 7 just a painted lemon under the cloak of innovation?

Your go-to guy in innovative tech, -Eric E: aka The MobileTech

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Eric Everson is a leading mobile technologies researcher and is the founder of If you would like to contact Eric Everson for interview or with research related inquiries contact him directly at

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Eric Everson: Founder of As a pioneer in mobile security, Eric Everson led MyMobiSafe, LLC from R&D through startup. Today, MyMobiSafe Verified has become the hallmark of quality throughout the app-driven wireless community. Everson is a graduate of the Harvard Business School MIT Program and holds a bachelors degree in Marketing Management and masters degrees in Software Engineering and Business Administration. Everson remains extremely close to the mobile security industry as an innovation leader. As a lw student with an entrepreneurial spirit Everson is driven both academically and professionally by a passion for innovative technologies.

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  • Windows 7: Paint a Lemon and Call it Innovation?

    Windows 7 hasn't put a foot wrong with me so far. I've installed it on old 512 MB XP hardware that vista would cripple and it just worked. Now running it on more up to date hardware with open office and the k-lite codec pack for all my video needs.

    Sony walkman, Fuji finepix, HP printer/scanner, Samsung mobile, a cheaper generic mp3 player all work just fine. Bearing in mind that there will be an XP mode running through an updated MS virtual PC for any old XP apps that you can't live without.

    Did I mention that it goes very quickly? Very quickly from my view point.
    The whole thing feels neat, fresh and importantly, offers microsoft a way out of the burden that is legacy support thanks to the rise of the VMs. Maybe the next version of windows will break away further.

    Anyone going for a 7 Upgrade or indeed Vista now that it's nearly fixed(I think of vista as a nice car with the wrong clutch, gearbox etc) really ought to start from scratch if they can afford it and whilst at it make the move to 64bit computing.
    roger andre
  • Windows 7: Paint a Lemon and Call it Innovation?

    Hi Roger,

    in my discussions with Win7 users, they generally say much the same thing you've noted here.

    I did have a question for you.

    When Windows 95 came out, many users were happy to spend $150 to buy a copy to install on their PCs, rather than wait til they next purchased a PC with Win95 pre-installed.

    When Windows 7 comes out, would you spend $300-400 buying it? Or would you merely wait til you purchased a new PC which would presumably ship with Win7 on it?
  • Windows 7: Paint a Lemon and Call it Innovation?

    I think MS will get round this one by producing a 'home licence', which allows you to install on 3 or more computers, similar to Apple Macs. So in effect you pay for one licence - but can install 'over' (rather than upgrade) the older kit running XP, to bring everything upto scratch in the household.

    I downloaded Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha to try out the new UXA Graphics Support for Intel Chipsets - reading online seems to have good results with these older chipsets, though still buggy. Maybe there is a subtle plan here against MS, looks like older intel graphics are going to be 'fully optimized' on Linux, as they see this a weak point in the MS Armor, having set minimum standards for the Aero interface/memory table.

    There is still the problem of minimum standards for the Aero Interface, and much of the older Intel graphics 82855/910/915 (but are in very wide circulation) - just don't reach these specs and so don't have support except fixed standard VGA. The current drivers (using old XP drivers) throw out error code 43 - so no current support. This means that Graphics support is inferior to Windows XP, ie. No hardware acceleration for DVD''s etc in Win7 on these systems. Clunky graphics.

    Best Antivirus Solution for Win7? I realise this will come across as an advert but it is free (and I have no links to Comodo)
    Anyone looking for a good free Internet Security/Antivirus - Comodo launched Version 3.9.76924.507 : 13th May, 2009. It works and installs on Win7 fine (I'm using it now&Win7). They have speeded file scanning and system performance sees very little effect from it being installed. AVG Antivirus used to the best for slower systems - but Comodo is a far more comprehensive approach. They have re-worded the prompt to be more human - and I've only be prompted one (far less than XP)- as Windows Update attempted to modify a registry setting.
    NB. previous version (Feb 24) didn't work under Win7.

    To download just search 'Comodo Internet Security' on Google, and go to

    Win7 certainly comes across as stable, revolutionary - no. I hate the fact to set the Wireless Security is 5 levels deep in the menus. Also file extensions / Folder options has been moved to the control panel, so its even harder for the average user to check the file extension to make sure its not been amended to an pdf.exe etc.

    Interesting points: I'll burn a downloaded Ubuntu iso straight to disk! - no additional software. Hmmm.

    It comes across as a 'me-too' product, thats why I describe Windows 7 as being the Zune Player in an ipod world. But its boring/incremental enough for Business to take interest.

    Would Business pay to upgrade a single XP machine to Win7 - No. Would they buy new hardware with Win7 - Yes. Thats why Windows XP is around for quite a while yet.

    Vista was Windows 7' beta prototype (or should I say alpha) - and therefore I just hope that anyone that bought the full retail version of Vista Ultimate gets an upgrade for less than the price of OSX - they deserve it for their sheer patience.
  • Windows 7: Paint a Lemon and Call it Innovation?

    Hi conz. One of the systems that I work with is what I regard as a 'fixed' vista system. I'm very happy with it. If I was going to buy windows 7 then I would expect to pay around
    roger andre
  • Windows 7: Paint a Lemon and Call it Innovation?

    "Microsoft (a company historically championed for their innovation)"
    "I believe it
  • Windows 7: Paint a Lemon and Call it Innovation?

    @47674, I have to agree. Microsoft innovation is a contradiction in terms. As I recall their R&D Dept. was also known as Apple, in the '80s. Now they just buy companies who have what they need and assume ownership of their IP. Or, in some cases, they may "borrow" code from other OS's, and being a closed, proprietary, operating system no one will ever know the contents.
  • Windows 7: Paint a Lemon and Call it Innovation?

    You've done a lot of complaining about Windows 7 without citing a single example of what exactly you dislike about the OS -- or, for that matter, Vista. Just another example of a grumpy blogger hopping aboard the bash-Microsoft bandwagon.