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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RE[2]: Ditch Vista?
by SReilly on Thu 27th Sep 2007 16:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Ditch Vista?"
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Al three are very good points, I just have one issue with your post. MS is the richest corporation on the planet. N configurations are not an excuse to turn your customers into paying beta testers when you can easily afford 10N systems.

Personally, I find that Vista has gotten much better over the past year with many HW and SW developers working hard on releasing updates and new products to fully utilize everything that Vista has to offer. It just seems crazy that I had to install two unsupported patches to get the underlying OS to actually start behaving itself in a consistent manner.

I, and many others, have had to deal with MS updates breaking Vista to such a point where a complete system restore has been the only option to get Vista up and running again. These are updates that break because of other, mainly driver, updates released by MS over they're Windows Update service. If MS, with all the money they have, cannot even test the compatibility of they're updates vis a vis each other, then what In the name of the creator are they doing with the money they get from the exorbitant prices people are paying for Vista?

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RE[3]: Ditch Vista?
by PlatformAgnostic on Thu 27th Sep 2007 19:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Ditch Vista?"
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It's not the cost difficulty of purchasing 10N systems that prevents MS from doing that. The main issue is that it is hard to get enough people to make use of those machines. It's the same reason why Mac Office took so long to get into release shape... there just aren't enough people and it's hard to find more qualified candidates.

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RE[4]: Ditch Vista?
by SReilly on Thu 27th Sep 2007 20:03 in reply to "RE[3]: Ditch Vista?"
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I have to say I'm inclined to disagree with you on that one. If you stop to consider the amount of willing, educated workers in easter Europe and the Indian subcontinent, two areas MS has already a large established presence, you will find that that argument does not hold up.

It seems to me what is actually happening is that MS do not want to spend anymore then is absolutely necessary to get their product to market. Arguably, this is one of the main reasons MS is the richest corporation on the planet as it's not the first time we see them pull a stunt like this.

This sort of behavior is fine when there is no where else for a consumer to go, but with the rise of Linux on the desktop, coupled with the new upsurge in interest for the Mac, MS could be digging they're own grave. For me, the problem is simple. The more you treat your customers like guinea pigs (and the more you treat them like criminals, but that's OT) the less likely they are to come back.

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RE[4]: Ditch Vista?
by PlatformAgnostic on Fri 28th Sep 2007 17:45 in reply to "RE[3]: Ditch Vista?"
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I'm puzzled by the moderation of this post. Why would two people wish to mod it down? It doesn't seem to have anything particularly controversial in it. It looks like someone went through all my posts from the last few days and dinged each of them. It seems like moderation (at least negative) should need to be accompanied by some sort of comment.

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