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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by license_2_blather on Thu 27th Sep 2007 23:27 UTC
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There's little way Microsoft could justify scrapping the billions of dollars and years that went into Vista to their stockholders. They have to make the best of it regardless.

That said, why couldn't they have done better? They employ many of the brightest people in computerdom, and have cash resources exceeding those of many third-world governments. You constantly see little blurbs about incredible technology being worked on in their labs. Then they put out a product that appears to be only moderately better than XP at most, takes considerably more potent hardware to run, and has several of its potentially coolest features deleted before its launch.

Things like UAC are a good idea, and an idea long overdue, but the more I think about it, those kinds of incompatible changes should have been made when they released NT. The DRM? I don't agree with it, but if they want to play cops, it's their right. It doesn't make Vista any more attractive, though.

I've played with a couple of Vista machines, gotten irritated with what I perceived as even more "dumbing-down" of the interface (though I'm sure there are "classic view" options), and basically concluded it's not worth the potential reformat/reinstall on my laptop to use it right now. It's kind of sad that the world of free software is better than the world's richest and most powerful software company in bringing me innovation and suitability to my needs without any fluff. I'm glad I have a choice at least.

I think Microsoft needs to lower the price, probably reduce the number of versions out there, fix the incompatibilities, and keep their promises about the "Extras" (and maybe even restore some of the deleted features). In short, make it compelling. They're more likely to do all that than drop Vista entirely, and it would be better for them.

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