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.
Thread beginning with comment 439138
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Member since:

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.

Reply Parent Score: 2

Tuishimi Member since:

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.

Reply Parent Score: 2

ricegf Member since:

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.

Reply Parent Score: 2