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Is Vista everything that Microsoft initially promised?

Paul Thurrott has posted yet another look at Windows Vista. Ever since the first alpha and beta releases of Longhorn/Vista hit the web, Paul has been giving us regular updates on the progress of the operating system. Paul's articles are usually for the most part positive with a little hint of negativity thrown in where appropriate.

Paul's latest article though lays everything out on the line when it comes to Vista. Now that Vista is supposedly feature complete and many things will stay as is when the final product ships, promises that Microsoft made in regards to features in the operating system, usability issues and application blunders are now fair game. Here, Paul rants about missing features that Microsoft promised:

There are so many more examples. But these two, WinFS and virtual folders, are the most dramatic and obvious. Someday, it might be interesting--or depressing, at least--to create a list of features Microsoft promised for Windows Vista, but reneged on. Here are a few tantalizing examples: A real Sidebar that would house system-wide notifications, negating the need for the horribly-abused tray notification area. 10-foot UIs for Sidebar, Windows Calendar, Windows Mail, and other components, that would let users access these features with a remote control like Media Center. True support for RAW image files include image editing. The list just goes on and on.

I must say, I've tried and tried to give Vista more than a second glance. I've tried every beta release that Microsoft has issued, but every time I find myself being less productive and utterly frustrated using the operating system compared to Windows XP.  Fortunately, it looks like Microsoft has a few more months to get some of these issues under control.



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RE: Well
By Plasmoid on 4/20/2006 9:06:12 PM , Rating: 2
I can see it now... loads of kiddies with Halo 2 but no vista to play it on.

Really, who is going to be interested in a dated game Like Halo 2 running an all new expensive (if you want a decent edition ) operating system with UT2007 or Crysis to run on XP.

I really think Microsoft is going to have to rethink the now DX10 for Xp idea when you consider how long ME was lingering on in the face of the vastly superior xp (and 98 but thats another argument). I dont think vista offers anything for the non-enthusiast and i think outside such ploys as DX10 and Halo 2 there is no compelling reason for anyone else.


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