Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Sep 2010 21:41 UTC
Windows It's been only a mere six months since its first unveiling, but Microsoft has already announced that Windows Phone 7 has been released to manufacturing. This means device makers can start tuning the software to their hardware, leaving plenty of time to release devices before the holiday season.
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ricegf
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2007-04-25

Well, my experiences are all over the place on this.

A competent geek with admin access can certainly make Win XP or 7 a reasonably compelling experience - minimal crashes, nice apps, a little eye candy (in 7), etc.

When corporations enforce their standards and lock things down, though, you start to see all kinds of horror stories emerge - routine crashes, remarkably poor performance, inability to automate tasks because "it violates our security policy", etc. I've come to believe that at least part of Windows' reputation for bleh-ness comes courtesy of the Corporate mindset.

Linux suffers less from this (we do use both on the desktop), partly because the Unix family has always been multi-user, and have never by default let the user run as admin (Ubuntu doesn't even *allow* admin login by default, using sudo instead - though we use RHEL with a little side SUSE, of course). Corporate IT types thus often don't attempt to prevent users from messing with the path or putting scripts in ~/bin or whatever. And in practice, there's much less risk of malware exploiting those practices because the platform is only a few percent of the Corporation's desktops - except in targeted attacks, of course.

So I think Windows' reputation is partly a price of their success painting a malware target on their forehead ("bummer of a birthmark, dude"), and partly the result of over-empowering IT minions with too many security options and not enough guidance for their effective use.

So yeah, Windows *can* look good. But in the Corporate world, more often than not, it just doesn't - and the result is a tarnished reputation.

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Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

MOST of my experience is in the corporate world with Windows because (up until 7) I have been a MacOS, BeOS and even FreeBSD user at HOME.

Perhaps our IT crew is just good at what they do, but I've never heard anyone at a meeting or in coffee conversation even mention that their PC crashed.

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ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

Don't suppose you'd mind posting their contact info? :-D

That's remarkable, given with the numerous IT conferences I attend and the long list of horror stories I encounter. Kudos to your IT staff.

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