Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 12th Mar 2006 18:40 UTC, submitted by kaiwai
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y OSNews regular Kaiwai takes a superficial look at Vista and MacOS 10.4/10.5, and concludes: "To say that the changes in Windows Vista are only skin deep is missinformed to say the least; spend some time reading those sources I have listed, and even if you don't have a desire to run Windows Vista or particular interested in Windows based technology, it does provide some good resources explaining the changes and rationale behind those choices made. So from a purely technical point of view, Windows Vista is actually looking a whole lot more interesting than what the detractors have been saying in the computer press about the current direction."
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RE[3]: Interoperability
by atsureki on Mon 13th Mar 2006 23:07 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Interoperability"
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and MS is also providing multi-platform viewers.

Unlikely. IE and WMP for Mac just toppled in short succession. IE for Unix is a distant memory. Office for Mac will almost have to support the format, but Microsoft just doesn't do broad base support. Even if they did, look at Flash and Acrobat Viewer. If you're using anything but a middle-of-the-road i386 system, the 32-bit binaries they provide for Linux won't do much for you. It's a gesture, not a solution.

A standard needs to be truly open to be implemented with any breadth. So what if your product comes as an .rpm, a .dmg, and an .exe? That excludes more operating systems than it covers. I know Microsoft has released specs on what they have so far, but they have a lousy track record with documenting changes and almost no history with open standards. If they were serious about letting it become an industry-wide framework, they'd be developing it in the open, not just providing the finished product on their website. Of course this has never occurred to them. They're about selling a finished product and then selling add-ons and upgrades to it. What steams those of us who run more than one OS is just how much pull their arbitrary and unchecked decisions have over the entire industry, and how likely we are to end up buying hardware that can't be used as a result.

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