In May of this year, Bill Gates casually mentioned that "Sometime in the next year or so we will have a new version of Windows," which has often been called Windows 7. According to many pundits, this is the death knell for Windows Vista, and for many users it's not a moment too soon. The author has worked through every operating system from DOS 1.0 to Vista and have generally been more than satisfied. However, Vista is a complete loser. It's simplistic and unfair to say that Microsoft unilaterally uses a top-down, "we know what's best" approach, while Apple focuses on only those features that save their users time. Still, it's clear that Microsoft needs a lot less of the first attitude, and a lot more of the second for Windows 7.