Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 16th Dec 2007 14:24 UTC
Windows "All promised features were cut from Vista." This is a commonly heard complaint about Windows Vista on the internet. While there certainly is a lot to complain about when it comes to Windows Vista, the mythical 'cancelled features' certainly is not one of them. Let me explain why.
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RE[2]: How many
by Brunis on Sun 16th Dec 2007 18:02 UTC in reply to "RE: How many"
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What was included? DRM, useless eyecandy, a software "protection" platform, lots of new bugs, hardware incompatibilities and a rewritten network stack with worse performance?

That's the summary i could never put into words myself. Although you missed some of the retarded features that are much like the ones added in XP to fix the previous release. In XP it was System Restore! Wow, let's ADD more software to recover the system after our faulty software. And in the next version, we'll ADD SuperSystemReadyBoostedRestoreV2 to try and repair the system, when SystemRestore fails.

Things like ReadyBoost .. to squeeze back 1% of the 50% performance they removed.. by .. eeeh.. hardware accelerating the UI? now, how did we manage to make it slower with hardware acceleration.. who knows.. ..i'm still appalled that Vista is actually slower.. if i had to put my money somewhere i'd rather buy XP Service Pack 3 than Vista!

But i'd have to agree with Thom on one thing.. we should be thankful they did not release more 'features' ..but then.. what are customers paying for ?
A 50% drop in performance? despite the $2-800 investment they had to make to make the damn thing run? Don't say Aero.. it's not a feature. Don't say ReadyBoost.. It costs even more, to get back a fraction of the performance you lost..
in fact.. just.. for the love of god.. mention a useful feature in Vista.. (for customers, not hardware manufacturers moving more product).

I'm so annoyed with this disastrous product!!!

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RE[3]: How many
by kaiwai on Sun 16th Dec 2007 22:46 in reply to "RE[2]: How many"
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In fact.. just.. for the love of god.. mention a useful feature in Vista.. (for customers, not hardware manufacturers moving more product).

I think the sadest part - I don't even think Microsoft knows what the customer wants in the way of operating system features. When Windows Vista was being developed it appeared they were falling into the trap of rather than leading they thought that they had to have almost every bit of feedback from the 'geek elite'. They thought that 'community' entailed listening to every whim and demand of the noisy wheel.

The net result, as far as I can see, is an operating system where it appears that features are just thrown at a product in a vein hope of actually having boasting points rather than actually adding features which add genuine usefulness to the end consumer.

I look on the *NIX world with the likes of GNOME and KDE, and they continuously not only add features but question features. GNOME questions whether having hundreds of features actually adds to the end user experience or simply makes things more complex than they need to be. Better still, software developers within these communities are willing to look at Mac OS X, look at Windows, heck, even look at Amiga and adopt ideas which are good.

At the end of the day many software companies become fixated on this idea of innovation - consumers don't care who came up with who first, who invented what first, what they want is a product that works. The product will be judged not whether it is the first to deliver a certain feature but how well it actually works within the operating system.

Edited 2007-12-16 22:48

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RE[4]: How many
by siride on Mon 17th Dec 2007 03:10 in reply to "RE[3]: How many"
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You shouldn't hold GNOME up as the paragon of good design. It's not just trimming features to keep things smooth and clean...they go far beyond that and make it hard to do simple things.

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RE[3]: How many
by Horatio_Hellpop on Mon 17th Dec 2007 14:46 in reply to "RE[2]: How many"
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//Wow, let's ADD more software to recover the system after our faulty software.//

Faulty software written by a third-party.

Nice try.

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RE[4]: How many
by archiesteel on Mon 17th Dec 2007 19:25 in reply to "RE[3]: How many"
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Note: I'm pretty sure Horatio_Hellpop is Rockwell's sockpuppet. Note the distinctive, non-standard way to quote previous messages (and the same pro-MS politics).

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