10 Nagging Microsoft Windows Issues That Must Be Resolved Soon

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.

But asMicrosoft 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

Much 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 happen.

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...