Influential (and frequently cranky) tech columnist Walter Mossberg weighed in on Windows 7 today in the Wall Street Journal. His article is typical of the media blitz that you can expect in the next 45 days:

I believe it is the best version of Windows Microsoft (MSFT) has produced. It’s a boost to productivity and a pleasure to use. Despite a few drawbacks, I can heartily recommend Windows 7 to mainstream consumers. . . .

Windows 7 introduces real advances in organizing your programs and files, arranging your taskbar and desktop, and quickly viewing and launching the page or document you want, when you want it. . . .

Windows 7 beats the Mac OS in some areas, such as better previews and navigation right from the taskbar, easier organization of open windows on the desktop and touch-screen capabilities.

The article has short summaries of the most appealing new features in Windows 7, and lots and lots of snarky comments about Vista (“far fewer of the delays typical in running Vista,” “should help Microsoft bury the memory of Vista”). It’s a good overview of the subject that will dominate the conversation soon.

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