As a Mac OS X and Linux user, I’ve been really happy to see how much Windows Vista sucks, and that people have finally realized that Windows sucks. As a result, I’ve been nervous that they might get their act together with Windows 7, the next iteration of Windows that’s due out within the next year. If they screw that one up, too, that could make the operating system market truly competitive for the first time since the early 1980s. But it looks like there’s no danger of Microsoft getting it right: the “Starter Edition” of Windows 7 will only allow you to run three programs at once. But, don’t worry—you can upgrade to the “Home Premium” edition if you want to run more than iTunes, your browser, and your e-mail application at the same time.
If they’re smart, they won’t even sell the Starter Edition in the U.S., and make the Home Premium the standard edition. Otherwise Microsoft will end up with the same word-of-mouth about Windows 7 that they have with Vista. A lot of folks don’t know the first thing about Vista, but they do know that their cousin/roommate/buddy got a computer with it and it sucks.