Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system has been on the
market for consumers for a little over a year now. During that time, the
operating system has seen its fair share of both praise
As is customary with Windows operating systems that have
been on the market for roughly a year, Microsoft recently released
the first Service Pack for Vista. Service Pack 1 (SP1) addressed a number
of shortcomings with the operating system and rolled in a number of hotfixes
and patches that have been released via Windows Update over the past year.
Now that Vista has had some time to establish itself in the
marketplace and receive a fresh boost of energy with SP1, Microsoft CEO Steve
Ballmer is now reflecting on the operating system.
"Windows Vista: A work in progress," said Ballmer
to a crowd
of Microsoft MVPs in Seattle. "A very important piece of work, and I
think we did a lot of things right, and I think we have a lot of things we need
to learn from. Certainly, you never want to let five years go between releases.
Can we just sort of kiss that stone and move on?"
Ballmer went on to add, "It turns out many things
become problematic when you have those long release cycles. The design point,
what you should be targeting. We can't ever let that happen again."
Ballmer also noted that there are plenty of happy customers
of the Windows Vista operating system as well as Windows XP. He remarked that
he has received emails from staunch supporters of the Windows XP operating
system, but declined to give any indications that Microsoft would go
any further than its intention
to provide Windows XP Home to ultra-low-cost PCs (ULPCs) until June 2010.
Windows Vista has been in the news quite frequently in the
past few weeks. A week ago, David Cross, a product manager responsible for
designing Vista's User Account Control (UAC) exclaimed that Microsoft designed
the feature to "annoy
More recently, Microsoft's Eric Ligman went off on a rant
over the inference that Microsoft purposely
included a loophole in Vista to allow consumers and businesses to install a
full version of the operating system with an upgrade disc.
quote: That may be true, but they didn't make it into some monstrosity that loads itself in the background at startup yet takes 30 seconds to open
quote: If you allow some setting to bypass UAC, then UAC itself will not serve the primary purpose it was designed for: protection.
quote: Let's say there's a bit that allows you to bypass UAC for a given program. What's to stop that bit from being set by malware makers?
quote: If 2003 was the apex of excitement for Windows Vista, 2004 would reverse that trend quite nicely. We wouldn't know it until a year later, but in 2004, Microsoft hit a wall with Windows Vista, requiring the company to literally drop much of the work it had previously done and start again from scratch.
quote: Everyone knows you can't judge a Windows OS until its second service pack.
quote: A week ago, David Cross, a product manager responsible for designing Vista's User Account Control (UAC) exclaimed that Microsoft designed the feature to "annoy users".
quote: "A very important piece of work, and I think we did a lot of things right, and I think we have a lot of things we need to learn from. Certainly, you never want to let five years go between releases. Can we just sort of kiss that stone and move on?"
quote: Do you expect your 3-4 yr old machines to run a new game on high quality. So why do you expect a new OS to run on those machines flawlessly with all features enabled.
quote: If you don't know what the under the hood changes and benefits of Vista are, it is because you have chosen to take the ignorant route and base your evaluation on what you perceive rather than going out and actually learning what it has to offer.
quote: Honestly I have zero patience for anyone with web access that has the nerve to claim ignorance. You have the benefit of unlimited information at your fingertips and you need me to educate you on the features of Vista?
quote: Its called an OPERATING SYSTEM. XP operates my system just fine. I don't need an OS to come with burning, ripping, streaming, recording, video encoding, decoding, virus scanning, spyware scanning, CD covers, daily reminders, scanning my MP3's 30 times a second to make sure its legal, UAC reminders etc etc. I have software for all that.
quote: What benefits ? You just can't list any. Don't tell us we need to go out and learn the benefits, you opened your mouth so please educate us.
quote: Xp is more stable, supports more hardware, has WAY less bugs, and there are no performance issues like Vista. What planet are you living on buddy ?
quote: Not that I would expect an idiot like you to read
quote: Saying Vista offers nothing that XP doesn't is asinine.
quote: If you are going to walk around talking like a complete moron
quote: Theres another OS after Vista? oh my god you have broken the news of the century! Oh wait duh of course there is. It's called progress. It was known that there would be followups to Vista before it was even released. Guess what, there will be a successor to Windows 7, and to that. Welcome to progress. 2010 is quite a ways off by the way, and the chances of that release date being pushed back to more like 2012 are high to say the least.
quote: You want to talk about wasted space, maybe you should look in the mirror.
quote: Certainly, you never want to let five years go between releases.
quote: For example you know how your PC virtually halts when you copy a 2gig+ file? (Doesn't happen in Linux). You know how your whole PC halts when something crashes (Not a problem with a good OS). You know how those fancy windows effects get sticky periodically while there is a lot of other stuff going on (feels like a slow frame rate in a game)It doesn't happen in Linux with BETTER and more advanced visual effects.
quote: Vista works perfectly and it's just the beginning.
quote: Get a real computer, not a 6 year old p4 with 256 megs of ram first off. Don't base your definition of Windows on a spyware infested XP machine with 100 different applications running in the system tray like 99% of the average family's home PCs out in the wild today.I run a e6600 core2 system with 4gb of ram and Vista ultimate 64, let me tell you everything runs smooth. Not just smooth but f-ing smooth. I multi task, play windowed games while burning DVD's and browsing web pages all while using the Aero interface to mouse over my other windows and live preview them seamlessly. It has been an excellent experience, one that truly has made me appreciate Vista and how well it really does work contrary to the complete BS stories floating around out there.
quote: several hundred+ dollar Vista system upgrade
quote: Frankly there is nothing in Vista that i have seen so far that is worth upgrading from XP