Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 13th Jan 2018 23:53 UTC

I enjoyed reading Terry Crowley's thoughtful blog (What Really Happened with Vista). Terry worked in the Office organization and did a fantastic job covering the complex machinations that went into Windows Vista and the related but doomed Longhorn project - from an outsider's point of view.

He correctly identified many of the problems that dogged the project and I don't mean to rehash any of them here. I figured it was only fair to try to offer an insider's view of the same events. I can't hope to be as eloquent or thorough as Terry but hope to shed some light on what went wrong. Ten years have gone by since the original release date of Windows Vista but the lessons seem more relevant now than ever.

I really enjoy these stories from people involved with the Vista project. Even though we complained left and right about Vista itself, the release was still hugely important and many of Windows NT's core systems were rewritten from scratch, and we still profit from those reworks and rewrites today.

Doesn't retroactively make using Vista any less painful, though.

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I never really had a problem with Vista. Maybe in part it helped that I was using up to date hardware.

Yes, there were some annoyances, brought about by the new security model - but it was a change that was necessary, and whichever version of Windows it first surfaced in was going to cause problems.

It was a much better OS than the stopgap Windows ME.

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