If you’ve been counting on Windows 7 as your salvation from Vista, think again. According to PC World tests, Windows 7 appears to be essentially a repackaging of Vista, running the same basic processes and sporting similar performance and memory usage. On the plus side, Windows 7 does deliver several new features, and it isn’t shipping until mid-year 2009, so Microsoft still has time to make plenty of adjustments.
UPDATE: As many commenters point out (and as I mentioned above), there’s still a lot of development possibility between now and next year, and many users have still found Windows 7 capable of running on lighter-spec machines. Check out this article from OSNews for a counterpoint to the PC World article.