[citation][nom]niz[/nom]Sorry but Windows 7 is a new low that I just wont go to.Microsoft are taking more massive backwards steps by continuing to shroud functionality with more and more ambiguous marketing metaphors that assume all PC users are morons.For example, to me "add/remove programs" is far more accurate, descriptive and intuitive than turning on/off 'features' when you actually want to install/uninstall programs. I'm moving all my PCs to Linux (Ubuntu) and not looking back.PS for all those that don't realise that Microsoft are ripping you off for something you can get for free: you don't need to pay for Windows ultimate to run virtual XP. Just download free tools like VirtualBox or VMWare. Apart from being free they're more fully featured and work better/faster than Microsoft's own virtual environment anyway.[/citation]
Enjoy your Ubuntu in its new blue versions.
Just a couple of notes, though, since you've gotten quite a bit wrong (well, you've gotten pretty much all wrong. . . LOL)
Add/Remove Programs is now "Programs" and contains all programs, not just those that elected to be listed (as in XP). Not Features.
XP Mode is free with Professional and Ultimate. VirtualBox or VMWare are, themselves, free but they require an external XP license so you're either going to buy one that isn't restricted to a machine type/brand (the way most of the OEM ones were) or you'll just hack one.
As an IT Admin, I've no issues with the functionality of Win7. It's all still there, and typically with fewer clicks.
As to the column - lame. Sorry, not very well written, incoherent, inaccurate.