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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Who is Don Reisinger
by PlatformAgnostic on Thu 27th Sep 2007 16:20 UTC
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2006-01-02

Who the heck is this guy? Take a look at his older articles. They're all pretty inane and seem to be purely focussed on superficial marketing-level discourses. "BlahCo has only sold fjsd million copies of baz. This could mean trouble for foo." Seriously.. this guy is just trying to drive his own fame through the ever-popular Microsoft bashing. I wonder when the raging crowds of angry Mac and Linux users will get tired of this insult to their intelligence (ooh, let me post something dissing Microsoft so that it can get posted to Slashdot and bring traffic).

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RE: Who is Don Reisinger
by snozzberry on Thu 27th Sep 2007 16:47 in reply to "Who is Don Reisinger"
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2005-11-14

Actually, this forum has posted several examples of people disagreeing with his POV, and not all of them are MS fanboys.

Blogs are not typically useful articles if their sole opinion is that a recently released product is useless.

However, Vista's had half a decade in the pipeline. It was hyped beyond belief, and in the end what was delivered was underwhelming to the end user because most of it is infrastructure the common user will never know about.

One of the reasons OS X keeps being released on a roughly 18 month schedules is because the underpinnings are upgraded. The inane glitzy eye candy apps are the window dressing to convince people to upgrade, but the real changes are things like moving window compositors completely to graphics processors, abandoning kernel extensions, adding the Spotlight indexing system to the filesystem code, changing how Mail.app stores mail, etc.

Had MS included some killer apps with the basic edition of that relied directly on Vista-specific technology, it would sell the upgrade. They didn't, and promises of a more stable OS aren't sexy enough to convince the public.

Microsoft frankly stinks at "sexy," and their in-house satirical "How we would ruin marketing the iPod" video shows they know it.

Under the hood, Vista may be great...but the people right now defending it against XP sound no different than Mac users defending their OS against XP. Until there's sugar to take the medicine with, people will resist taking the medicine.

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RE[2]: Who is Don Reisinger
by PlatformAgnostic on Thu 27th Sep 2007 17:02 in reply to "RE: Who is Don Reisinger"
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2006-01-02

I agree with you wholeheartedly on the "sugar with the medicine" point. I feel that with the display technologies they did not build quite the right thing. Instead of WPF, which relies on .NET, they should have built something that could be used from C++ to do vector graphics and animations. Then they could have released some really cool and snazzy resolution-independent technology incrementally with the OS release. This would have been a sugar-coated peach: there would be some substance behind it.

The real guts of WPF are in milcore.dll, so hopefully that will be leveraged in the next release to produce something nice and useable by people who want small footprint or legacy compatibility.

Maybe the presentation of Volume ShadowCopy can be improved too so that the feature gains some relevance for the average user. There are lots of things that could have been done to make Vista a more relevant OS for Joe Blow, but I think it's an important release for the industry and until the ecosystem around it stabilizes, it's a bit of a bitter pill. Maybe a "soft launch" would have been right as someone suggested.

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