Linked by Smith Johnson on Thu 27th Sep 2007 15:22 UTC
Windows According to at least one blogger, Microsoft should abandon Vista before it's too late. It would appear he's not alone in this opinion, as Microsoft has begun allowing users to downgrade back to XP. Amongst the reasons? Poor sales figures and shoddy Vista "Extras".
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RE: Ditch Vista?
by PlatformAgnostic on Thu 27th Sep 2007 16:14 UTC in reply to "Ditch Vista?"
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We have to wait until the major updates for three reasons, the last two having to do with time:
1) Microsoft and the first wave of beta testers only have N configurations to test the software on... the broad user base has 10N or 100N configurations, of which some will simply have problems.

2) XP became rock solid over the years because of a convergence of what Microsoft was doing with patches and what OEMS, ISVs, and IHVs were doing with their systems, programs, and drivers. After XP became broadly adopted, these three groups would lose business against their competitors if their systems did not work reliably with XP. The onus was on them as well as Microsoft to provide a full system which works, so driver and system quality improved. This is not the case yet with Vista. The rest of the world hasn't had enough time to get their stuff working on the new system. Apple writes their own drivers and pretty much all of the system-level tools for the Mac. Microsoft does not write so many drivers and a lot of people write extensions, AV, screenreaders, and lots of other programs that interact deeply with the OS.

3) Microsoft designs their new releases to perform adequately on extant hardware. On future hardware it is supposed to fly. This is true for Vista more than before. Vista is designed for large RAM machines (over 1 GB main system RAM). This is the obvious trend in the computer industry and we see already that cheap systems are coming with this much memory. When you get this much RAM you start to see big perf improvements over XP in app launch times and in system startup (unfortunately hibernate takes longer).

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