This article has been in my to read list for a few days now, but due to a lack of time I haven’t been able to finish it yet. There’s a lot of information in the article about the development of Windows Vista, and even though I haven’t finished it yet I can guarantee you it’s worth the read.
Mauro A. Meloni submitted a link to the article, accompanied by the following note:
It is quite long, but I’ve found it really interesting. It is a view of the old Microsoft, with its idiocyncracies and good and bad points, as seen from the inside.
I understand that Vista set the ground for the better Win7, but personally, my experience with the former was worse than awful. Sometimes a simple file copy operation of a few kb could take minutes. The real-time AV scans delayed every icon refresh, and each time I had to scan for Windows Updates, it would take a whole afternoon… Performance-wise, it was deplorable.
My experience with Vista wasn’t all that different, but especially with the powers of hindsight it’s hard to discount just how important Vista has been for Microsoft. It was all part of Microsoft’s massive cleanup effort in the Windows codebase, the fruits of which the company is still picking today, and will be picking for a long, long time to come. Many other a company would’ve been forced to write a completely new operating system, but Microsoft actually managed to clean up such a complex codebase.
The cleanup of the Windows codebase might very well be one of the most impressive technical achievements in Microsoft’s history, and Vista is a hugely important part of that.