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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...

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Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 10:57 AM by Logik!

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Andrew S. Baker aka ASB aka Logik!

Andrew S. Baker is a business-savvy, hands-on IT leader with expertise in mentoring people, mitigating risk, and integrating technology to drive innovation and maximize business results. He creates competitive advantage for organizations through effective IT leadership: implementation of processes and controls, and architecture of robust business solutions.

Mr. Baker has successfully led a number of high-performance technology teams in designing, deploying and maintaining secure, cost-effective computing environments for well-known companies, including Warner Music Group, The Princeton Review, Bear Stearns, About.com, and Lewco Securities.

For over a decade, Andrew has exhibited thought leadership on technology and business topics via mailing lists, technical forums, blogs, and professional networking groups, along with contributions to podcasts, webinars, and over 20 technical/business magazine articles. He also serves on several boards and committees for non-profit organizations, and within the Seventh-day Adventist church.

His personal interests include Astronomy, Basketball, Bible Study, Chess, Comics, Computers, Family Life Ministries, Reading, Strategy/Role Playing games, and Professional Networking...

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