Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Jun 2006 13:04 UTC
Windows Microsoft has cut PC-to-PC synchronization from Vista. Vista Beta 2, which is slated to go to as many as two million testers, does not include the P2P synchronization technology. Microsoft officials said they cut the feature due to quality concerns, but the functionality is still "something we plan to deliver to our customers in the future," according to a company spokeswoman.
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No MS bashing, just facts!
by penguin7009 on Thu 8th Jun 2006 16:59 UTC
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2005-07-10

There is no use bashing MS. MS has several problems which are known to exist.

1. Partnering with a company and then cutting their throats by implementing and MS version and sending the company into bankruptcy, Norton, Adobe? Business ethics aside.............

2. Trying to support legacy software. This is eventually going to have to stop if MS wants to improve Windows. No new operating system can be created if MS still has to support old programs. This could possibly be done like MAC? Just my $.02.

penguin7009

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RE: No MS bashing, just facts!
by eMagius on Fri 9th Jun 2006 00:06 in reply to "No MS bashing, just facts!"
eMagius Member since:
2005-07-06

No new operating system can be created if MS still has to support old programs. This could possibly be done like MAC?

OS X has no worthwhile backwards compatibility. As Microsoft lacks Steve Jobs' RDF, a move like that on Microsoft's part would be insane -- no matter how robust/powerfuls/secure/clean an OS they create (Singularity), if it's incompatible with all that Windows software, virtually no one will accept it.

Backwards compatibility is Microsoft's ace in the hole.

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tertiary_adjunct Member since:
2006-01-15

That's just why I am able to run older Mac programs without any problems, but some apps designed for XP appear to have problems on my XP box. I have also had numerous programs from the Win98 era fail to run on XP.

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RE: No MS bashing, just facts!
by butters on Fri 9th Jun 2006 04:34 in reply to "No MS bashing, just facts!"
butters Member since:
2005-07-08

I fully agree. For quite some time the two most powerful features of Windows were 1) a huge, loyal army of ISVs, and 2) backwards compatibility to preserve the fruits of their labor.

For the masses of Windows users, these are two most imporatant features, and both are tracking for a significant regression in Vista. It seems like MS's list of loyal ISVs is getting smaller everyday, and the remaining ones are staying put simply for lack of a better option.

The intersting part will be witnessing what affect waning ISV support will have on the big hardware vendors. Without ISVs, Microsoft can go at it alone and try to develop a strong portfolio of application software (they have the cash reserves). But if hardware vendor support starts to slide, MS is shit out of luck.

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