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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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By Bonrock on 4/21/2006 1:42:02 AM , Rating: 2
Most of Thurrott's criticisms about Vista are very valid, and I'm glad he's putting them out there so the Windows team can get some useful feedback. That said, let's not jump to conclusions about Vista just yet. Microsoft still has another six months or so to iron out these issues before release to manufacturing.

Now, if they don't iron out these issues before release, Vista will blow. Some of the issues Thurrott mentions are minor, but the current state of User Account Protection is abysmal. If it stays the way it is now, everyone will just run as an administrator to circumvent UAP, or get frustrated enough to buy a Mac. However, I'm willing to give Microsoft a chance to show that they're aware of these problems and can fix them before Vista's release. It's only fair.




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