The Best Review of Windows That Mossberg Has Produced.

UPDATE: Kudos to reader Jon T. of Cardiff, Wales, for digging up this quote from Mossberg’s review of Vista:

“After months of testing Vista on multiple computers, new and old, I believe it is the best version of Windows that Microsoft has produced.” — Wall Street Journal, Jan. 18, 2007

“After using pre-release versions of Windows 7 for nine months, and intensively testing the final version for the past month on many different machines, I believe it is the best version of Windows Microsoft has produced.” — Wall Street Journal, Oct. 8, 2009

An interesting addendum to CNN’s article on what’s wrong with Windows 7. The entire article is worth reading.

Much has been made of Mossberg’s review — including some over-exuberant article headlines — yet he still believes Mac OS X has the edge. The thrust of his review is that Windows 7 is an improvement over Vista. Big deal, we already expected that.

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6 thoughts on “The Best Review of Windows That Mossberg Has Produced.

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  2. “Unless I’m mistaken – and I very well could be, because I am not a techie — Snow Leopard is still way ahead of Windoze 7 in the level of its technical abilities.”

    You are NOT mistaken. Windows 7 still isn’t even UNIX– OSX has been since about 2000. That alone, puts OSX a good decade ahead, innards-wise.

    “I much prefer in depth articles such as those typically found at Ars Technica.”

    Oh, yea!

  3. It’s been years since I’ve subscribed to WSJ, and an eternity since I’ve given any credence to Walt (as in never). I much prefer in depth articles such as those typically found at Ars Technica. Granted I haven’t driven Windows 7 yet, but to remotely suggest that it is in the same league as Snow Leopard is ludicrous. There’s a lot Apple can do to make for a better, more consistent user experience; but at least they get it. Microsoft keeps beating a dead horse. And the masses keep riding it.

  4. I remember Walt’s review of Snow Leopard – along the lines of “pretty good, but not compelling”. But he made no mention of the major technical advances that were the center of Snow Leopard. I wonder if he just doesn’t get them.

    I wonder the same here. Unless I’m mistaken – and I very well could be, because I am not a techie — Snow Leopard is still way ahead of Windoze 7 in the level of its technical abilities.

  5. Nothing against Mossberg, but it’s kind of funny how his non-technical and non-detailed review is given so much respect. His comments like the comments of most mainstream press echo pretty much the same thing. It’s no different for Snow Leopard, but let’s face it, it’s not a review that’s on par with what you’d see on Ars Technica for example.

    To your point though, it’s almost embarrassing for Walt that he’s reminded of giving Vista the same kind of praise. That fact does sort of take away some of the luster from his most recent glowing review.

  6. I’ve noticed the same thing, before reading about Jon T. Even though OS X is better than Windows 7, Apple still has to worry that the perception that it is as good, or even better, doesn’t take hold. As they say, “perception is reality”.

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