“I’ve got as much reason to hate Microsoft as anyone else does — after all, I use a computer. I need to kill Internet Explorer about 10 times a day because someone at Mr. Softy HQ can’t get things right. My beloved, 10-year-old SCSI devices no longer work the same as they used to because Redmond decided, with Windows XP, to drop a few things into the roadside ditch along the Information Superhighway,” Seth Jayson writes for The Motley Fool. “After this week’s announcement of yet another delay in the next-generation operating system, Vista, I am starting to wonder whether Microsoft isn’t set to disappoint us for a lot longer than I expected.”
“Let’s review the Vista timeline, shall we? Beginning with the folksy-sounding code name ‘Longhorn,’ Vista first surfaced shortly after dinosaurs sprouted wings, roughly 36 Macintosh operating systems ago, or, in the common tongue, some time back in 2001. After years of preliminary work, it was ditched and reworked, and then we were told to look for it in 2006. Then we were told not really to look for the whole thing in 2006, but some of it, though minus the fancy new file system, which we’d see in 2007,” Jayson writes. “Now we’re told that the business version (minus the fancy file system that businesses might like, I think) will make it out in 2006 but the consumer versions are on for January, which pushes it to 2007. Anyone else dizzy?”
“Microsoft cannot afford to lose [the] battle in the living room to the likes of Apple, long rumored to be working on a media ‘convergence’ device. And the delay in Vista, once again, leaves the door open longer than it needs to,” Jayson writes.
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