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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 Scabies on 4/21/2006 11:11:36 AM , Rating: 2
Hey, as long as it works and has a fully functional XP emulation suite, I'll be fine. I say emulation, because thats essentially what has to be done to enjoy the classics these days. Final Fantasy VII, old OLD school titles like Sam and Max and Wing Commander II, and my nostalgic library never worked on XP without massive driver/OS modifications and stuff like DOS-Box. Will we see the same thing elbowing out all of the current XP titles, Half Life 2, BF2, Unreal whatever-they-have-these-days, will they be plagued with the "hey, you have a new OS, tough luck, this OS only allows the cool new games we're gonna make you buy now. Oh, and Solitare 64bit edition" disease?

RE: Save us
By suryad on 4/22/2006 5:06:53 PM , Rating: 2
God I love those games you mentioned.

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