By Woody Leonhard, . Since it's soooo annoying now to comment in Infoworld or Computerworld, seems like this forum would be a better place.
Personally, I hated Windows until Win95. Had Win3 on 386-486 machines I got or purchased in retail stores so couldn't get rid of them. XP finally made sense, but only with SP3.
After that, all downhill. Notice in slide 11 of the retrospective, it turns out Sinofsky -- the guy who KILLED MS Office, so that we still use pre-2007 versions to this day -- Sinofsky, was the guy who next wrecked what became Windows 7 with its inability to search, the horrific 'Library' structure and oh -- the RIBBON! So of course we stayed on XP. But that doesn't stop the false claims that oh, 500 million machines had it, within 2 years! Yeah, but by 2 years, then Win8 came out, and that made 7 look good. So it's the true Windows Last. And you can always install XP over it. I did, in June. Works fine on i5 Dell from 2010, and even 2012. (Dell doesn't require proprietary drivers.)
Everything Woody lists as a good innovation, most of us consider
I hope I'm never walking within 10 feet of Sinofsky. Will be too tempted to remember and use, my old karate chop.