Dear Mr Gates:

You don’t know me personally, but I’m one of the many people using Windows 7 on my new laptop.  And according to discussions a good percentage of those people, myself included, are not very impressed with it.

In fact, although my original plan was to use the laptop as my main system, I’ve found Win 7 so awkward to work with that I reverted to using my desktop, running XP, as my main system.  Don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t a case of trying Win 7 for a couple of days.  I gave it at least a month and it never got any easier to navigate around.

Unfortunately my trusty desktop has died – the IDE controller decided it didn’t want to control any longer – so the time has come to replace this unit.  But, to be honest Mr G, because of my less than ideal experience with Windows 7, I’m not sure I want another Windows based system.  For years my son has been telling me I should get a Mac.  I’m on fixed income, so a Mac would stretch the budget, but it’s certainly worth considering.  An alternative would be a PC with one of the various Linux operating systems out there.  Many software producers now produce Linux versions their products and I’ve been told that Linux will run most programmes seamlessly, so I shouldn’t have a problem.

Mr Gates, it would seem that by making Windows more and more complicated, you’re driving customers away.

Yours disappointingly,

Cat.

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