Windows 7 was causing quite a bit of hype months before its release, and now that it’s finally out into the void, you’d think people would be contentedly beta-ing the system and be happy to wait until the wrinkles are smoothed, right? Apparently not, at least for a certain Kelly Poe and now over 2,500 Windows 7 enthusiasts.
Kelly Poe, a fellow Windows 7 fan, launched the “Release Windows 7 Now” campaign because he’s a “BIG Windows fan and have been loving what Microsoft has done with the recent Beta Release of Windows 7,” and he’s just “jones’n” for the release of “beautiful little birdy (with the odd name).”
Aside from his odd way of putting things across (I thought Windows 7’s name was pretty straightforward, and I never thought of any system as a sort of bird before, but to each his own), I found his itch and ache for an early release of Windows to be a bit to overzealous as well as not very well thought out. There’s a reason Microsoft released the beta, and that’s to let users play with it for a while and report any bugs, major or minor, they may find so as to iron out any major wrinkles before the release of the complete system later on. As a side note, Windows 7 is currently estimated at a November 2009 release, though this naturally isn’t solid just yet especially since Microsoft still insists that Vista will have a three-year general availability period, making us believe 7 will be released sometime during or after January of 2010.
Back to the main subject: it seems a bit of a mistake to ask for Microsoft to release Windows 7 early. Who wants a system buggier than it has to be? Certainly the current beta is in good shape, but more often than not an early release for the user causes bad feeling toward the product and overall avoidance and negative talk spread about it forever afterward, as seen with Vista and not to mention the release of KDE 4.0,according to many commenters here on OSNews.
Apparently some people already addressed this to the campaign launcher. He wrote in an updated post on the website:
Just a note to all of you that are saying that I don’t understand about the Beta process… I understand bug fixes and taking the time to make sure it’s ready for mass consumption. I’m simply trying to create a community of people that say they are ready for Windows 7 (when the times right… which we hope is soon) and were proud of it.
It seems he was reprimanded badly as this contradicts nearly everything the campaign was started for:
So here we are… let’s join together and get Microsoft to release Windows 7… enough with this Beta stuff… release it already!!!
Sounds to me as if he wanted 7 released now regardless of its uncompleted beta state. It may be fun to have it now, but really what’s the problem with using the beta? You currently get to use it for free, and if it’s true that Windows 7 will be released come November, you’ll only have to wait several months after the beta expires to be able to go out and purchase it. Patience is a virtue, and good things come to those who wait. As my Mor Mor (Danish for “mother’s mother”) always used to say:
Don’t give up what you want most for what you want now. The best things in life are worth waiting for.”
If you really are itching for Windows 7 and you really truly love Windows, what you want most will be for Microsoft to have enough time with the beta to iron out enough of the problems for a happier experience. I myself, a long time Windows advocate, am fine using the beta, and most likely won’t purchase 7 until around the time SP1 is released. However, all personal thoughts and feelings on this subject aside, if you feel the need for Windows 7 to be released sooner, go right ahead and vote. Microsoft just might do it.