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]: Who is Don Reisinger
by PlatformAgnostic on Thu 27th Sep 2007 17:02 UTC in reply to "RE: Who is Don Reisinger"
PlatformAgnostic
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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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RE[3]: Who is Don Reisinger
by kaiwai on Fri 28th Sep 2007 04:14 in reply to "RE[2]: Who is Don Reisinger"
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2005-07-06

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.


Well, one doesn't need to look any further than Cairo Graphics; Microsoft could turn around, create a new operating system based on OpenSolaris, and using those opensource components.

It confuses me how Microsoft has this NIH syndrome where they boast about investing 'billions' into Windows and yet no one ever has the back bone to ask 'is this a good investment'? 'where are the results'? so far the billions claimed to be invested into Windows has resulted in an operating system that is in a worse shape than when Windows 2000 and XP were released.

I remember when Windows 2000 was released; it was NEVER as buggy as Windows Vista. I remember when Windows XP was released, again, it was never as buggy as Windows Vista - sure, it was worse than Windows 2000 in some regards, but never as bad as Windows Vista.

Microsoft needs to draw a line in the sand; throw away backwards compatibility; bundle the 'new Windows' with a copy of 'old Windows' on a separate cd/dvd to allow backwards compatibility. Once you make the break - then its home free; its up all hill from there.

Short term pain for long term gain. Apple made that move, it hurt them initially, but look where they are now.

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