Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jan 2006 12:45 UTC
Windows "Microsoft set out to adopt a formal and rigid support lifecycle in 2002, back at a time when most analysts were expecting to see Windows Vista within a couple of years. My own point of view was that this lifecycle business had a lot to do with Microsoft's then-new volume licensing scheme, which among other things is oriented towards selling software subscriptions. If you're buying a subscription for software, you can see how lifecycle plans become important. However, delays in Windows Vista coupled with a questionable approach to 'consumer' products means that 2007 will carry a few surprises unless policy changes are made at Redmond."
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RE: Confused ?
by bornagainenguin on Wed 4th Jan 2006 17:15 UTC in reply to "Confused ?"
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Because we all remember how well the Service Pack 5 for Windows 2000 worked out in the end...oh wait! ;P

...and then when they DID release their 'alternative' a security rollup--we remember how well supported and tested THAT was, right? Oh wait again... @_@;

Personally I'm going to be rather wary of any forthcoming SP3 (if it exists) or any 'features upgrades' from Vista, because I'll want to see exactly what attempts at lockin or artifically created 'need' to upgrade to Vista will be induced. >_<


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