An interesting Windows Vista article
I just finished reading an article on Windows Vista from InfoWorld, and it makes several really good points.
Windows Vista brings a lot to the table that gets de-emphasized by the masses. It's funny that when Microsoft releases a product that is primarily a refinement of the previous version (XP vs 2000), there are complaints about having to spend money on something with just eye candy. (Mind you, there are a number of under-the-hood enhancements of XP over 2000, but let's not let facts get in the way of all the whining).
Yet, when Microsoft releases an OS where there are substantial differences from the previous version, all you hear are complaints about compatibility. It is a focus on compatibility that kept Microsoft leaning on the Win95 kernel for far too long, rather than exploiting the power of the much more stable and powerful NT family kernel.
There are definitely some things that Microsoft could do to make the rollout a little more stable, but many vendors are notorious for not supporting new operating systems with proper drivers until years have passed. It has been more than 15 months since Vista has been available in RTM form, and there are still some peripherals that still lack good drivers from the vendors. The full blame for this cannot be placed in Microsoft's lap.
And I wish more vendors would embrace the power of 64-bit. Virtually every system sold today can support it, except at the very low end. Let's start getting some apps that take advantage of that power -- especially in the multimedia space. Even without a plethora of 64-bit applications and utilities, running a 64-bit system still provides a whole lot of headroom for 32-bit apps, so there is still a major benefit for me.
I still remember how the Win9x community complained when 2000 came out -- insisting that Win9x was fine for everyone. And I remember how they later complained when XP came out -- insisting that 2000 was perfect.
Here we go again...