Well, I took the plunge and upgraded to Windows 7 (Microsoft). The installation went smoothly, and yes, I can report that Windows 7 works, and by that I mean works for me. The Windows 7 experience seems to be more a reflection of the user than of the operating system's creators, which is both empowering and inspiring. I will leave the technical review of the software to others. In the mean time, Windows 7 is working for me just fine.