Windows 7 thrives: Why you should jump on the bandwagon

Windows 7 has been an outstanding success, and its time for those clinging to Windows XP to get on board and make the switch.

When Windows 7 launched, Microsoft was almost apprehensive about trumpeting it too much. Following the Windows Vista debacle, Microsoft was understandably gun-shy about overt bragging that might come back to haunt them in some clever Apple marketing campaign. Fast forward a year, and Windows 7 is a phenomenal success that has eclipsed expectations, so why are you still using Windows XP?

Windows 7 hit the one year mark this week, and according to statistics reported by Datamation it continues to earn the title of fastest selling operating system in Microsoft history. After only one year, Microsoft has sold 240 million copies of Windows 7, and claims that 93 per cent of new PCs come with Windows 7 pre-installed.

"I actually felt in the beginning we needed to temper expectations a bit ... but a year later, we're on track. We're right where we thought we would be," Gavriella Schuster, general manager of Windows product management, said in a statement.

Windows 7 has done a tremendous job of redeeming the credibility and reputation of the Microsoft operating system platform. I maintain that most of the perceived issues with Vista are just that -- perceived, and that the few real issues it had were completely blown out of proportion. But, the reality is that Microsoft let its rivals spin Vista's perceived issues into oblivion and killed any chance the OS might have had.

That is why so many businesses and consumers still cling to Windows XP. They aren't reluctantly using Windows XP; they are boisterously proud of not having been lured into the Windows Vista trap. And, by golly, they're not going to get duped by Windows 7 either.

At the one year anniversary mark, though -- especially based on the incredible success of Windows 7 -- I think it's time for those Windows XP users to do themselves (and the rest of us who share the Internet with them) a favor and jump to Windows 7.

Windows XP is less secure. Period. Windows XP was developed a decade ago -- before most of the prevalent threats facing PCs today even existed. There are certainly third-party tools and add-ons designed to secure and protect Windows XP systems, but a quick review of the Microsoft security bulletins from 2010 will demonstrate that in cases where Windows XP and Windows 7 are affected by the same vulnerability, the flaws are almost all significantly bigger threats to XP because it lacks the security controls and protection inherent in Windows 7.

There is a vast array of other compelling reasons to switch to Windows 7: pinning, Aero Snap, JumpLists, etc. Windows 7 is more efficient, more functional, and more secure than its predecessor(s). Join the party. Make the switch.

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