News Analysis: Microsoft's Windows 7 is being updated with Service Pack 1. But there is no way for a service pack to address all the issues that Microsoft needs to fix when it comes to fully restoring the credibility of its flagship operating system.
Microsoft on Feb. 22 released Windows 7 Service Pack 1, the first major
update to its latest operating system. For the most part, the update includes
fixes that should make the OS work a tad bit better than it has in the past.
And as one might expect, Microsoft is pressing consumers and enterprise
customers to download the update because of that.
Microsoft fixes Windows 7 with a service pack
, perhaps it should look for
other ways to improve Windows' standing in the marketplace. While the operating
system is still the most widely used desktop operating system in the world,
there are plenty of people who dislike it for its many flaws. And it's widely
cited as a less-secure offering than it could be.
Simply put, there are still many Windows-related problems that Microsoft
must start to fix.
Read on to find out what they are.
1. It's still too bloated
For years now, Windows has been bloated. And to some extent, that's
understandable. Microsoft needs to support legacy applications that date back
many years. But maybe the time has come for Microsoft to turn its back on some
legacy applications and hardware. All that bloat slows performance and uses too
much of the processing power built into today's personal computers. This factor
also makes the operating system more at-risk for security problems. Too much
bloat is a big problem with Windows. And it should be addressed.
2. The security problems are real
of the talk surrounding Windows 7
has been that it's a more secure
operating system than Windows Vista when that platform was first released. By
most measures, that's true. But Windows 7 still suffers from security problems
that range from stealing data to totally corrupting a hard drive. In other
words, the security problems that affect Windows are very real and very
serious. And Microsoft must do everything it can to continue to block attacks
by cyber-criminals to stem some of the problems that continue to break out.
3. And they're getting worse
As security problems continue to impact Windows users around the globe, it's
worth mentioning that the problems continue to get worse. Years ago, removing a
threat was much easier than it is now. And the risks today seem to be much
higher as more and more people find their personal information stolen by a
malicious hacker. As numerous security experts and companies have mentioned
over the years, security threats won't get any better or easier to handle.
Since Windows remains an inviting target for those cyber-criminals, the onus is
on Microsoft to try to make things a little better.
4. The App Store issue
On Jan. 6,
Apple launched its highly anticipated Mac App Store
, a marketplace that
lets users download applications to their Mac OS X Snow Leopard installation.
The experience mimics that on the iPad and iPhone. And it goes a long way in
making Mac OS X a more appealing operating system. But so far, Microsoft doesn't
have a competitor in Windows 7. Developers and consumers are starting to see
that as a void. The longer Windows 7 lacks an app store, the more developers
will gravitate to Mac OS X. And in the process, those looking for more
functionality might just turn to Mac OS X. Microsoft simply can't allow that to