Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Jul 2008 22:04 UTC
Windows As someone who uses Windows Vista practically daily, I've always wondered where all the negativity in the media comes from. Sure, Vista isn't perfect (as if any operating system is), but I just don't see where all the complaints are coming from. It runs just fine on my old (6 years) machine, all my software and hardware is compatible, and it's stable as a rock. Microsoft has been wondering the same thing, and after a little test, they may have found out why people seem to dislike Vista so much.
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Vista is not bad
by unoengborg on Fri 25th Jul 2008 10:08 UTC
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The problem is that people expected so much more out of five years of development, and that XP actually allready did fill most peoples desktop needs. If Vista had been a free, optional download nobody would have complained.

This is probably what they need to do in the future. Operating systems are becoming more and more something of a commodity that you can't charge for.

Sun have already realized that. They offered Solaris 10 for free, even though it probably contained a lot more innovation useful to their potential users than what Vista did for windows users, some of the innovations could even be considered ground breaking. Yet they gave it away for free, presumably in hope of signing more support contracts or selling more hardware.

Microsoft and Apple will need to follow the example of Sun, or open source will eat their lunch. Up until now they have been relatively safe, as what people are stuck on file format problems, and lack of applications.

However, today, open source software tries to include windows. look at e.g Firefox, OpenOffice, QT/KDE4,... This means that there will be a lot less platform lock in. Another factor is that more and more apps becomes web based. Web based apps and service will also be the new source of revenue that will pay for the give away OSes.

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