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Microsoft has been a major contender in the tech industry for as long as many of us can remember. It has managed to occupy the majority of the personal computing market, and much of the business market as well. It’s seen its downfalls though, too.

There have been many products that it has launched that have only left me disappointed and frustrated. However, in the recent years, it seems Microsoft has gotten their act together with many of their products.

Now, I realize that nothing is “perfect” and improvements will always be needed and made; however compared to what these past products were, they’ve improved tremendously.

Windows 7

We’ve all seen our fair share of Microsoft operating systems, and there certainly have been some terrible ones that don’t need to be mentioned. But even among the better ones, Windows 7 towers over them. It has excellent features and doesn’t seem like it’s just the same (or worse) operating system repackaged in a new user interface. Windows 7 went above and beyond with it’s excellent toolbar features and advanced security settings, greatly improved over its predecessors.

SkyDrive

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There have actually been several products along with SkyDrive that Microsoft has created, such as Windows Live Mesh and Windows Live Sync. For a long time (or at least it felt like it) Windows Live Mesh and SkyDrive were two separate entities, with SkyDrive having 25GB of storage unsyncable to a computer and WLM having 5GB of storage capable of syncing any folders to the cloud How To Sync Any Folder To SkyDrive, And How To Use SkyDrive On Windows XP How To Sync Any Folder To SkyDrive, And How To Use SkyDrive On Windows XP Microsoft’s new SkyDrive is a great entry in the cloud storage wars -- it competes toe-to-toe with Dropbox, Google Drive, and the rest. However, it has some limitations. We’ll show you how to overcome these... Read More . Then came Windows Live Sync, combining the two services and allowing you to sync 2GB of your 25GB of storage with your computer. This wasn’t ideal, but it was an improvement. This increased to 5GB and then shortly all the services merged into SkyDrive — finally a simple solution!

What was great was for a short time, all 25GB could be synced Microsoft Skydrive Gets Big Update - 25GB Of Cloud Storage Microsoft Skydrive Gets Big Update - 25GB Of Cloud Storage Microsoft SkyDrive has been around for a while, but was recently given a fairly significant update. We took some time to talk to Microsoft about the new features and play with it all, so here's... Read More . Then Microsoft only allowed users who already had accounts to sync the 25GB,  while all new users would get 7GB. Although this isn’t nearly as good an option, it still is better than the majority of file synchronizing services available and integrates nicely within Microsoft Office and Hotmail.

Another nice thing Microsoft has done with SkyDrive is make the icon match other Windows 7 tray icons. It would be nice if this would be across the board for all Microsoft applications.

Hotmail/Outlook.com

Hotmail, too has seen its fair share of downfalls. It just wasn’t that great. I could never explain why I didn’t like it, I just didn’t. But with its changes in features and user interface Easily Do A Complete Overhaul Of Your Hotmail Inbox, And Maintain It Easily Do A Complete Overhaul Of Your Hotmail Inbox, And Maintain It Have you seen or used Hotmail lately? Despite its rough past, it’s pretty nice and it surely gives Gmail a run for its… well, I was going to say "money" but both are free. Which,... Read More , it is back to being a strong contender within webmail clients. The recent addition of Outlook.com Microsoft Rolls Out Outlook.com Email Service [Updates] Microsoft Rolls Out Outlook.com Email Service [Updates] Microsoft is finally looking to put Hotmail to rest with the introduction of their new email service called Outlook.com. Hotmail has been a staple of many email users for a long time, and it has... Read More has improved it even more and is really exciting to see just where Microsoft plans to take the services, which are becoming so tightly integrated.

Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft has long been attacked for its lack of decent security settings, and although I don’t completely dismiss it, I also don’t agree that it’s all on Microsoft. That said, there has never really been a solid antivirus from Microsoft. They’ve had many security and privacy tools, some of which they still have in addition to MSE, but nothing to the same caliber that could compete with other antivirus software in the market. And speaking of the market, Microsoft Security Essentials is completely free and although it may not be the best, it is one of the top contenders as an antivirus How Reliable Are Default Windows Security Apps? How Reliable Are Default Windows Security Apps? The first computer my family owned ran Windows 95. It had just arrived, and we purchased a computer with it so that we could have easy access to this new-fangled thing called “the Internet.” At... Read More , and, in my opinion, is at the very top as a free antivirus solutions.

Internet Explorer 9

IE9 could be the best improvement of them all. It finally has caught back up with the “big boys” and now all it has to do is prove itself as a worthy browser. I do think that although it has a long way to go to gain back trust, primarily from those in the tech industry, it has made a lot of progress in living up to its new standard 7 Useful Tips & Tricks For Internet Explorer 9 Users 7 Useful Tips & Tricks For Internet Explorer 9 Users Tech websites write a lot about Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, so it’s easy to feel a bit left out if you use Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer 9 is easily the best version of Internet... Read More . For many years Microsoft didn’t focus on Internet Explorer like they should have been and got passed up by Google and Mozilla. They probably thought they were big enough to hold their own… now they’re advertising on TV. You know when a tech product has to advertise on TV that it isn’t in a good shape.

Nonetheless, though, IE9 is a fantastic browser and although I’m a Chrome user personally, I do occasionally use IE and recommend it to everyone to at least consider and try again. Now if we could just get everyone to update from IE8 or 7 or… 6.

Microsoft Office 2010

Microsoft Office has been and is the most popular office suite among personal and business use. Despite what you may think about alternatives (and they are fantastic 9 of the Best Free & Low-Cost Alternatives to Microsoft Office 9 of the Best Free & Low-Cost Alternatives to Microsoft Office Microsoft Office has dominated the market of text documents, spreadsheets and slide shows for years, and for good reason – it’s one of the very best. However, there’s one drawback and that is the price.... Read More ), you can’t argue that Office has always been the most used Office suite. My only complaint is still its price, but other than that, Office is hands-down, the best office suite. Its user interface is superb, it has the best syncing capabilities with an integrated cloud service (i.e. SkyDrive) and it has a variety of programs and uses per program.

Conclusion

Despite its rough past, Microsoft has certainly been making a comeback and I predict that it will become an even bigger player in the different areas of security, webmail and file synchronization. It has always had a handle on being the primary office suite used worldwide, but that doesn’t mean it hass always looked the nicest. Even Office 2007 seemed like it was just kind of tossed together quickly, and frankly reminded me too much of Vista.

Are there any Microsoft products that you feel should have made this list, but didn’t? What are your experiences with these products? Good? Bad? I’m looking forward to your thoughts!

  1. bluemethallday
    February 19, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    I'm a computer enthusiast and have never trusted MSE. Recently made the switch and I couldn't be more impressed! I'm the type of guy to run stuff in VMs, and sandboxes in case something bad happens. So it means a lot if I know MSE is doing its job.

  2. Hannes
    November 25, 2012 at 3:22 am

    I have drifted away from Microsoft products, but they seem to bring it together again. I tried Windows8 and I enjoy it. At least Microsoft is trying to connect the dots again. I have started to move in the Apple direction with iPhone and looked into Android tablets, but I would prefer a laptop, tablet and phone integrated and using the same software for a seamless experience across Office, mail, cloud storage, Skype, messaging, security and social media. Microsoft seems to understand corporate users, we are not all teenagers looking for the latest gaming experience or hot app...

  3. Brandon Ragoo
    November 18, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Windows Media Player !!!!

  4. Austen Gause
    November 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    i love windows applications but i still dont like ie9

  5. Jim Winkler
    October 25, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Take MS/Win Word, it does not even capitalize a word at the beginning of a sentence after it replaces it and even PFS First Choice (DOS version) would take you back to where you we editing if you closed then reopened the document and synonyms - when you look for 'stopping' it cannot find any synonyms but if make it 'stop' it will find a couple. If one is looking for quality and usability then WordPerfect is head and shoulders above MS/Win Word.

    Now at least we know that Word was not one of the products that MS got right.

  6. Eike H
    September 5, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    They should have invested the time they spend on hotmail in making a better desktop email app.

  7. cooldoods
    August 31, 2012 at 2:02 am

    IE9 is slow and clunky. Just try opening a new tab or have several tabs open at once. I only use it to test web apps, otherwise I use Google Chrome exclusively. As for Windows 7, it's nice but not necessary given the stability of Windows XP, but Microsoft shareholders have to eat, so...

  8. cooldoods
    August 31, 2012 at 2:00 am

    IE9 is slow and clunky. Just try opening a new tab or have several tabs open at once. I only use it to test web apps, otherwise I use Google Chrome exclusively.

  9. Rich Mc.
    August 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I have to say I never really used hotmail much at all, but now with the new interface of outlook.com and all the features I am really starting to use it more often.

  10. Vampie C.
    August 30, 2012 at 6:44 am

    I personally don't have a problem with Windows or their products.

    I use it at work and at home and I can do anything I want to do.

    I think its all a state of mind.
    If you don't like Microsoft products, there a a ton of alternatives.

    IF you are forced to use the new office ribbon at work, but can't get it, you could always ask for some training.

  11. Sai Krishna
    August 30, 2012 at 6:43 am

    windows 7 is getting better than vista

  12. Ron
    August 29, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Obviously you haven't seen the "new and improved" "metrofied" Skydrive.

    I opened skydrive yesterday and almost plotzed. On my 22" monitor I was looking at HUGE "tiles" and thumbnails. The tiles took up 4 lines of space but only showed the file name in tiny type, and the thumbnails were unlabelled. There is no apparent reason why some were tiles and others were thumbnails. And the thumbnails are just one big visual blob with little to separate the images.

    Fortunately I eventually figured out that they had rudely changed my default from the details view to the thumbnail view. Not that the stupid icons are labeled. Euch!

    Sure the ribbon has been around for 5 years. But that doesn't make it better or easier to use than the menus. I invested 17+ years of MY time and MONEY learning the menu.

    Plus, the ribbon was obviously designed on a LARGE 4:3 CRT, not a 16:9 LCD. If they had LCD's they quickly would have figured out that wasting that much vertical space on MY monitor, that I PAID for, would not go over well.

  13. Asriel Allolinggi
    August 29, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I think Microsoft Paint is still properly put on the list..:-)

  14. Kao Vang
    August 29, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Windows 7 is nice, the Office needs some getting used to though.

  15. muotechguy
    August 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    No, no, no. IE9 is nowhere near standards compliant by anyones criteria and it's very existence continues to be the bane of every web developers life; there's even new crap that wasn't broken on IE8 and is now on IE9! (@font-face, Google CSE). Including it in a list of perfect products is UNFORGIVABLE AARON!!!!

    The rest of the list is cool though. I just can't forgive that one. Ever. Ever, ever.

  16. Rajaa Chowdhury
    August 29, 2012 at 2:03 am

    use all the software mentioned and find them very user friendly and without trouble so agree with the author.

  17. Yang Yang Li
    August 29, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Microsoft needs to perfect its Paint, Snipping Tool, and Media Player next.

  18. Amstyl Polycarpe
    August 28, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    I'm using all of them. They're acually great!

  19. mark
    August 28, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I went to Linux in 2000. That's because I did Tech Support for Microsoft.

    Microsoft never fixes the problems. Instead they add System File Checker for files that break by themselves.

    Microsoft still sucks up viruses so fast. Friends and relatives are always begging me to clean their computers.

    Outlook and Internet Explorer are still virus magnets. You are almost guaranteed a virus when using these programs.

    Opera is far advanced to all other browsers in terms of m2 mail, mouse gestures, skins, moving and adding tabs, saving sessions, bookmarks, context menus, notes, and speed dial, turbo, link, zoom, styles, etc . . .

    Word is okay for small documents. For your dissertation you still need WordPerfect or equivalent. Excel used to be okay.

  20. Tug Ricks
    August 28, 2012 at 10:30 am

    When the official Android app shows up, I think it will be a solid service. What's your beef?

    • Ahmed Saqr
      August 28, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      It refuse to back up some files with exe extension with me on Win 7
      on the other hand , DropBox is the perfect service for me and I have no such problem with it

  21. Ben Woods
    August 28, 2012 at 7:55 am

    IE9 is NOT an adequate browser. It STILL does not conform to standards, and with chrome now being the market leader, less and less web developers such as myself are bothering to support Shittiernet Explorer.

  22. Tony Batty
    August 28, 2012 at 2:28 am

    Well, I could surely tell you that I use 3 of the five products mentioned and they work for me, it would have been 4, but i stop using hotmail some time ago, had too many e-mails accounts and just could not keep up. Never liked outlook, sorry Microsoft.

  23. fatihamzah
    August 27, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    All of windows UI is very nice interface, and the last of Outlook is best look

  24. VS Vishnu
    August 27, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    skydrive 25 gb offer cheated many...

    • ChoiceD
      August 28, 2012 at 5:03 am

      I still have my 25GB with SkyDrive and I don't even use any Microsoft products.

    • Tug Ricks
      August 28, 2012 at 10:40 am

      How is giving any amount of storage away for free equivalent to cheating? Free online storage isn't a right, at least not in America. :)

      • VS Vishnu
        August 28, 2012 at 4:46 pm

        when you have time please visit microsoft's blog where they address peoples queries and complaints regarding skydrive...
        free online storage as you mentioned becomes a right when something which they claim to have distributed equally among all isnt delivered to all...(even those who satisfy their requirements for the award)

  25. Ruben Marrero
    August 27, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Microsoft and "perfected" can't be used in the same sentence... is not compatible

    • Steve
      August 27, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      I could not agree more. I work on PCs and laptops, sorting out the various messes they get into. I work on 98,XP,Vista and 7 regularly. two years ago I moved all my own work - photography, graphics, software - onto the Mac platform because it's simply more reliable and less hassle. Every day I am reminded that I made a good call, as I sort out a MicroMess somwehere.

  26. Adjei Kofi
    August 27, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I really like Office 2010. I'm still surprised many don't like it. And security essentials is also good, especially when it's updated often :)

    • Tug Ricks
      August 28, 2012 at 10:38 am

      I concur. Office is great, and MSE does everything it should, and nothing it shouldn't. Good stuff.

  27. Damon Osborne
    August 27, 2012 at 7:26 am

    XP was better. Microsoft pay people to do sfuff so if they say it doesn't need doing they haven't got a job. You can't improve a wheel by sticking a menu on it. I said that.

  28. MerVzter Balacuit
    August 26, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    microsoft product is getting better and better

    • Tug Ricks
      August 28, 2012 at 10:38 am

      I agree, as I think they're finally starting to realize that they can no longer rely on customer loyalty/laziness. Competition (Google/Apple) is always a good thing.

  29. Pablo
    August 26, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Visual Studio 2012 has a lot of improvement it was perfect from the first time but this version is really great and simple. It has got some little disadvantages as in Express you just can develop for Windows 8 Metro, but I think its all right cause you can use Visual Studio 2010 with the last .NET and develop for desktop it isnt any science and I think its a right choice. If you really want desktop development in VS 2012 then buy the premium one. I think this one can be added

  30. Muhannad Agha
    August 26, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Don't agree.

    • Tug Ricks
      August 28, 2012 at 10:36 am

      With anything specifically? Or just in general?

  31. Donna Shaw
    August 26, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I LOVE Skydrive. As a teacher, I recommend it to all my students. It is a great classroom tool.

  32. venkatp16
    August 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Apart from new outlook.com everything is fine. Microsfot has to think a step ahead to beat present day email trend. The interface is not that handy and looks clumsy

    • Tug Ricks
      August 28, 2012 at 10:36 am

      I'd have to disagree, as I find the interface clean and intuitive. Different strokes for different folks I reckon.

  33. umit
    August 26, 2012 at 10:53 am

    In fact, we can not say they are perfect but they are really good. For example MSE can not be fully trusted yet.

    • Tug Ricks
      August 28, 2012 at 10:35 am

      How so? I've used MSE for a while and have had absolutely nothing but a positive experience with it.

  34. gattolino
    August 26, 2012 at 10:16 am

    security essential is so far from be perfect... too much virus or trojan bypass security essential protection....

  35. Vipul Jain
    August 26, 2012 at 9:30 am

    7. Period!

  36. Samit Tandukar
    August 26, 2012 at 6:39 am

    MSE needs a lot of improvements like integrating IE smartscreen filter on MSE to block malicious website will be great.....IE9 has made very vast improvements than previous versiions but IE10 will be next big thing.....as for hotmail/outlook I always like it more than gmail.....skydrive still need improvements....

    • Tug Ricks
      August 28, 2012 at 10:34 am

      As a non-IE user, MSE lacking such a feature doesn't mean much to me. As far as I know, it's an efficient service that works.

  37. anhdroid
    August 26, 2012 at 2:19 am

    I use most of them so I would agree with it.

  38. Robin
    August 26, 2012 at 1:37 am

    I personally like Windows home Server 2011. Almost a perfect backup solution for securing home data and sharing, music, videos, documents.

    Robin

  39. Scott
    August 25, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    There are two main functions that I must have in a browser for my convenience: mouse gestures and text-only enlarging/reducing. IE9, for whatever reason, has neither. (The mouse gesture extension that exists for IE doesn't work very well at all.)

    I'll keep using my FF and Opera until IE catches up in the "add-ons" department.

    • Tug Ricks
      August 28, 2012 at 10:32 am

      My thoughts exactly. (On the add-ons bit.) I like being able to control how I browse the web, and IE does not allow me to do that. Until then, it's Firefox/Chrome for me.

  40. Michael
    August 25, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    The new Office (2013) looks gorgeous and works perfectly!

    I never like IE, but I'll give IE10 a chance on Windows 8.

    Another really good (free!) Microsoft product that almost no one knows about is Photosynth (www.photosynth.com), the best and easiest panorama photo stitching software out there! Try it out!

  41. Doc
    August 25, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Windows 7 was a vast improvement over Vista, but the Libraries and Homegroup features I find to be totally useless.

    Office 2007 and 2010 continued the bloat of previous versions (2003 was rather good), with a new file format that older versions couldn't read (without a converter) or write (never will).

    IE9 was a "me, too" upgrade that should have been extended back to XP. Microsoft finally decided to (almost) embrace Web standards, but still lacks in expandability (i.e. Firefox addons) and overdoes the "compact toolbar" to the point of ridiculousness.

  42. Tdrinker
    August 25, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Win7 I'll give you as the most stable OS I have ever used from MS. Live sky mesh I am using this and it is driving me crazy, it seems that Mesh and Sky won't play on the same field, so I will have to designate say My Pictures as synching through Sky and all else through Mesh.
    IE9 give me a break confusing old and just not intuitive. MS Security works well on 2 computers but on my main one starts running up to 25M page faults! Office 2010 come on. I am in Outlook the other day and I thought why can't I highlight somebody's name and either look up their contact info or make them a contact? When I seaarch for a contact why can't I do it through their company? Look at the fields in Outlook database when you are doing a database transfer and answer me why we need to know the contacts wifes name and birthday etc? Is this mad man time? Where are all the shortcut keys between the programs that should be there? I could transpose Lotus spreadsheets into their word document in the 80's. I could build databases in R base at teh same time. Who can do that with Access?
    This is Office 98 updated and teh only reason we use it is because everybody else uses it. I know we are getting this universal data exchange thing and let's examine that. If we could send all the out put of the Office suite in formats that would reporduce faithfully on another program wouldn't that produce competitve programs? Something we used to have 20 years ago and with it better programs?

    • Dhruv Sangvikar
      August 26, 2012 at 6:50 am

      perfection is not a state.. :P

  43. GodSponge
    August 25, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    The best they've ever been, maybe, perfected, not at all.

    • Aaron Couch
      August 26, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      I agree. Which is why "perfected" is in quotes :P

    • Sumaiya
      September 5, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      Ever heard of the saying: 'Slow and Steady wins the Race?' Microsoft is on the rise..its the future winner

  44. Hank Hollman
    August 25, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    SERIOUSLY??? Aaron, not to be disrespectful, but stick with your animals. I HAVE to dispute some of this nonsense you've spouted: First, outside of DOS 5.0, The best OS Microsoft ever offered was a tie between Windows 2000 Advanced Server and Vista - and for personal use, Vista BLOWS AWAY 7! Hands down! Second, Microsoft had something very good in Office, but when they screwed it up with the "ribbon" by both using an awful lot of screen real estate and then by mixing up the sub-menus to where they made little sense and less logic, they "screwed the pooch".
    You ARE right on Skydrive and improved security, although I will stick with Kaspersky for my personal PC and Apache for my servers. As far as hotmail - you're looking at the interface and not the horrid things MS does with user info, so I'll let your comments slide ... but what they do and an awful privacy policy ... puts hotmail OUT OF CONSIDERATION.
    Finally, the death knell of your article - IE9 ... PLEASE, SOMEONE SAVE US FROM THIS and return IE 8. I have been trying to finaggle ways to remove 9 and bring back 8 and have often had to run my restore disc for my laptop after an effort... but GOD, I HATE 9! I will admit that the ability to drag and drop a tab into a seperate window has some use, but they need a MUCH BETTER CONTROL over that feature - or a way to lock it out before it has any value. Although, I will admit it is better than Chrome, but then that annoying browser could be compared to Netscape 1 or 2 and still lose the battle.

    • Aaron Couch
      August 26, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Hank,

      Obviously we have quite different view points so there's really no reason to try to convince you otherwise. I do appreciate you reading and sharing your thoughts, however.

      I always welcome different opinions, so thanks for sharing yours!

    • Tug Ricks
      August 28, 2012 at 10:28 am

      You prefer Vista of Windows 7, and IE over Chrome. Yeah... :)

  45. Elijah Swartz
    August 25, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Is there a specific reason you listed Office 2010 instead of 2007, I have had access to both, and I prefer 2007. 2010 seems mostly like 2007, except with some superficial changes, which I don't really like. I know they added some collaborative features too in 2010, but I have not used any of that.

    I don't think MSE is perfected. If an antivirus program lets you disable it by killing it's process, it's not perfect. Malware can easily do this, along with users. I think it's not a big deal mainly because Windows 7 just lets less malware than other recent versions of Windows, so that flaw isn't really noticeable since infections are less common.

    IE 9 would be better if they had a nice collection of extensions like Chrome and Firefox. It's the side things are one of the main things that make or break your preference for which browser to use.

    • GodSponge
      August 25, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      i like Office 2010 and 2013 even more (except the blinding white color). The ability to customize the ribbon is an absolute must for me, and i don't think you can do that in 2007 can you?

  46. Ravi Lamontagne
    August 25, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I loved the old movie maker, very easy to use

    • Sumaiya
      September 5, 2012 at 6:22 pm

      yeah me too..sadly no movie maker in win7 and the dvd maker is so confusing..i have installed the old movie maker in win7 :)

  47. Jim
    August 25, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Not a single one of these entries is worth anything. XP was perfected, Office 2003 was perfected. Hotmail? Really? IE9? Really? MSE? Only came into existence because of the massive amounts of security issues with their products.

    • Tug Ricks
      August 28, 2012 at 10:26 am

      I agree with you on Hotmail and IE, but not MSE. It does the job and does so effectively.

  48. James Sarkar
    August 25, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    anyone remembers or have used Photodraw 2000 V2 :) .. ah nostalgia!! and yeah windows 8 is awesome but is quite annoying at numerous instances like say you want to see your system IP, you cannot goto Network and Sharing directly from the network icon in the system tray!

  49. GrrGrrr
    August 25, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    I don't agree on Microsoft Office 2010, as not only it's bloated but also has a pretty confusing interface.

    Agree with W7, it's better than XP. Vista was a blunder.

    and IE9 - who uses it?

    • Shawn Langlois
      August 25, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      Lots of people use IE9. How else are they supposed to download Chrome? ;)

      • GodSponge
        August 25, 2012 at 10:45 pm

        I really did laugh out loud when I read that.

      • GrrGrrr
        August 26, 2012 at 8:50 am

        lol...but to download FF.

  50. rish404
    August 25, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Microsoft's ribbon interface is the most confusing thing I've ever seen.

  51. Stephen Ride
    August 25, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Windows 7, IE 9 and Hotmail are a definite improvement over their predecessors, don't use outlook or MS office so can't say, although IE has improved i don't see it ever overcoming Firefox or Chrome and in my opinion MS should recode it completely or retire it.

  52. hoelied
    August 25, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I love window 7. Thanks for post.

  53. Nart Barileva
    August 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Can't wait to see what else they improve in the near future :)

  54. 15e5dd8786fff10245cb2f2a2e661c7d
    August 25, 2012 at 11:17 am

    You really must include OneNote, as much as people like to hate on Microsoft Office and claim that open-source office suites do the same thing etc, OneNote is a real gem that I've seen few complain about.

  55. Ashwin Ramesh
    August 25, 2012 at 11:10 am

    What you say in the article is true. IE9 and Win7 are a huge improvement from their previous versions. I am comfortable with Office 2007 though.

    • Ashwin Ramesh
      August 25, 2012 at 11:12 am

      And yeah, love the interface of Outlook! :)

  56. anthonymonori
    August 25, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Windows 7 was a major improvement over Vista & XP, that's for sure, but they are heading into wrong direction again with this Metro UI. I'll stick with Windows 7.
    Microsoft Office was a leading and always improving office tool. They revolutionized the way we work and study. The ribbon they introduced in Office 2007 isn't such a bad thing as most of you says.
    Well, that's just my opinion.

  57. JBu92
    August 25, 2012 at 7:18 am

    I think it's kinda funny how 2 of these products are being basically replaced soon with almost completely different software (Win7 and Office 2010, by Win8 and Office 2013 respectively).

  58. Alan Wade
    August 25, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Microsoft Picture It! was one of my favorite art programs, its a pity it fell by the wayside. I am just not clever enough for todays art programs and think you need a degree in rocket science to master most of them.
    Picture It! had a simple to use approach which didnt leave you feeling that maybe the money you spent on the program would have been better off spent down the pub.

  59. Va Du
    August 25, 2012 at 5:02 am

    I think I'm just too old and set in my ways to go back to most of MS software and apps. Windows and Office worked well from the start but Hotmail and Internet Explorer left so much to be desired that I moved on.

  60. Va Du
    August 25, 2012 at 5:00 am

    I think I'm just too old and set in my ways to go back to MS for most of their software and apps. Windows and Office are the only things that worked from the start while Hotmail and Internet Explorer left so much to be desire that I moved on and I have no reason to come back.

  61. Richard Borkovec
    August 25, 2012 at 3:56 am

    I have to agree with most of these. It's sad that MSSE is now (basically) merged into Defender in Win8, but it's not the worst thing out there. I love SkyDrive now that it has the desktop app. IE9 is definitely a vast improvement over any version, and the non-Metro IE10 I think improves with more support for web standards. Overall, I feel MS is finally looking at polishing it's offerings instead of just throwing stuff out there and hoping it sticks.

  62. Alexis Ceroleni
    August 25, 2012 at 3:43 am

    I hate the new User Interface of Microsoft office. It's like I can't find the tools I need anymore. I was very comfortable with the previous UI :( (back to office 2003)

    • Somebody
      August 25, 2012 at 7:57 am

      I feel the same.

    • wire
      August 25, 2012 at 10:14 am

      Since you comment on makeuseof I consider you a tech person. In that case I find it very sad you were unable to get used to a interface 5 years after Office 2007 has been introduced.

      • anhdroid
        August 26, 2012 at 2:14 am

        You hit it right on.

      • elhaj
        August 26, 2012 at 11:42 pm

        who want to play hide and seek ???

      • brgulker
        August 28, 2012 at 5:44 pm

        Your comment assumes that everyone adopted Office 2007, which is silly. Plenty of people (and especially companies) jumped from 03 to 10 directly.

        • bluemethallday
          February 19, 2013 at 9:10 pm

          That is untrue.

          But a better jump would be to opensource software or GDocs. I would personally never switch to anything but Word, personally, or in a business. But I don't have a business :D

    • Damon Osborne
      August 27, 2012 at 7:27 am

      C'esr vrai. TRUDAT

    • Shmuel Mendelsohn
      August 29, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      It sounds to me like you're a victim of habit; I suppose that I should talk - I still prefer DOS 5.0 over every version of Windows!

    • Shmuel Mendelsohn
      August 29, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      Let's see - 6 out of 10,000 items have been perfected. How long do you think it will take to perfect the next 6?

    • Shmuel Mendelsohn
      August 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      6 products out of 10,000 - not bad! Keep up the good work, Microsoft!

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