Windows 7: It's not you, it's us. Really.

Are journalists to blame for Vista's failure to catch on? Will Windows 7 suffer a similar fate? Cringely tosses more gasoline on the OS fire.

CNET blogger Don Reisinger has an interesting take on the biggest threat to the success of Windows 7: Journalists. His reason?

Regardless of whether you believe in the greatness of Steve Jobs or you choose to use only Velocity Micro machines out of your hatred for Apple, one thing remains: the vast majority of journalists use Macs to write their stories and have a deep-seeded [sic] love for Apple products.

Unless Steve Jobs has been secretly planting pods in the offices of News.com, I think he really means "deep seated." But the bigger point is that he's got it completely back-asswards.

Every journalist I've ever known uses Windows and/or Windows and a Mac. I don't know anyone who's never used Windows, even if they are now All Mac All The Time. So if anything, it's excessive familiarity with Windows that causes all that negative press. The cognitive dissonance between what Microsoft tells the world and what we deal with every day eventually bubbles up into any story, regardless how balanced we try to make it. (Not that I'm busting ligaments trying to be balanced here -- this blog is mostly rumor and humor, not news and reviews.)

On the other hand, Reisinger is right about Apple fanboys acting like teenage girls at a Jonas Brothers concert, tossing their undergarments on stage whenever Steve Jobs appears. But it's not like Microsoft ever does anything worth getting excited about. Apple changes every market it enters or it creates new ones. Microsoft enters existing markets and tries to dominate them -- though it seems to be less and less successful at it. Jobs' "one more thing" is simply more compelling than Ballmer's bluster.

Reisinger also notes:

Was Windows Vista an ideal operating system? Not a chance. But without the constant bashing on the part of major technology and business journalists, I doubt too many of those issues would have seeped into the public psyche. And if we believe Microsoft's internal research, most consumers didn't have the kind of trouble that's been highlighted so many times on pages across the Web.

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