But if taken seriously, his views definitely carry some weight.
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In the words of Aditya Tripathi who is, a computer science engineer from Mumbai.
For the first time Microsoft's approach to building an Operating System, right from the ground up, seems different. The Engineering Windows 7 blog, for instance, with someone of Steve Sinofsky's stature driving it is a superb signal to the online community. It's like, "look here, we've got a few hundred great ideas, and we're making an OS out of them". I am sure, curious engineers world over have been flocking over to the site to see every new post. It's become a reference blog for tons of good software practices.
Microsoft admitted that it lacked the visual 'cool' associated with Apple products, and went all out to work up this beautiful, if not opulent upholstery on their new OS.
For the first time in as many as four iterations, Microsoft has brought to the table amazing usability extensions, that utilize existing means of input (i.e. the mouse), in incredibly smart ways! (think Aero Peek, Aero Shake, Aero Snap.. its just fantastic!).
So, in a few lines, what do I love about Windows 7?
Beautiful look and feel. It's glorious to look at! Aero is a stunning achievement. Macs look red hot because they have super computers powering their UI underneath. I've run Aero on modest configs (a 2.8 Ghz rig on 512 SD RAM, amongst others), and the results are stunning.
Impressive and intelligent usability design. Apple taught the world new tricks with new kinds of input metaphors (click wheel, multi-touch screen), Microsoft has innovated using existing metaphors (the mouse), albeit on a very different platform. The bold new usability gestures (peek, shake, snap) are a wonderful addition. Telling people, in a subtle way, that they were intelligent enough to do their tasks better used to be a strictly Apple thing, apparently not anymore.
Not playing 'an eye for an eye'. This might be difficult to put in a few words, here it goes .. Apple's advertising is hip, cool and young. But I'll risk the collective ire of other Apple fanboys out there and say that it can also be very rude. "I'm a Mac, and I'm a PC" is an effective but impolite campaign. There's nothing noble about it. I like it that MS doesn't have campaigns where the PC guy hits the gym, and comes out v2.0. An interesting and new 'brand ecosystem' was built before the new Windows came out..
- Microsoft confirmed publicly that IE8 would follow interoperatibility standards governing web development
- Zune HD was demo'd for the hugely popular engadget.com by none other than Steve Ballmer
- Bing! OMG!! When was the last time you saw Google silently put in a feature After Microsoft introduced the world to it? Never would be my guess. I am talking about the 'Show Options' link in Google search results that basically mimics bing's USPs.
I appreciate that Microsoft has sent out soft signals for the discerning eye, and not played 'an eye for an eye' with other competitors in every space, as far as public branding goes in the all important "run up to the launch" months. I could go on and on..
I am sending along these thoughts because of genuine appreciation for Microsoft's strategy.