Web developers: Microsoft has no idea what’s going on

“As a Mac shop, most of our exposure to the pain of the Windows world has been through support emails we receive. But recently we installed Windows Vista in a Parallels virtual machine for IE 7 testing,” Richard writes for 37Signals.

Richard writes, “Parallels is an indispensable tool that lets us test our applications in all the browsers we support on a single computer. We can even test IE 6 and 7 side-by-side by running Windows XP in one VM and Vista in another. As a web developer, Parallels is easily the single best reason to own an Intel Mac. But starting with Vista’s release, Microsoft wants us to pay for the privilege: you’ll legally only be able to install the most expensive versions (Ultimate and Business) in a VM, even if all you’re doing is clicking on things in IE.”

“And even testing things in IE isn’t easy,” Richard writes. “But the most painful experience yet has been installing Microsoft Script Debugger, an ancient artifact used to debug JavaScript in IE. After finding the link on Microsoft’s web site, it takes a stunning 35 clicks through nearly as many dialog boxes just to get the thing installed.”

“Now, let’s compare this to the installation procedure for Apple’s JavaScript debugger: Four clicks and a drag after finding the download link, I have the debugger installed and running,” Richard writes. “f you’re a web developer, it’s pretty obvious Microsoft isn’t interested in making things any easier for you, despite the recently gung ho attitude of the IE team. I think Ryan summed it up best in Campfire yesterday: Windows in general has been like a confused and slow person. Vista is like a person who lost their meds and is trying their best to ignore the voices. – Ryan S.”

Full article with QuickTime videos of “Installing Microsoft Script Debugger in Windows Vista” vs. “Installing Apple’s debugger in Mac OS X” here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Matt” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Only 35 clicks? He ought to be happy. Now extrapolate the little example above throughout the OS workflow and you can clearly see why Mac users are more productive than Windows users.

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22 Comments

  1. THAT’S how the @#$%?! bastards at MS will keep Vista off of Macs: They state in their license that if you want to run the most economical version (the version Mac users would most commonly want), you can’t do so in a virtual environment. For those who do so anyway and call Tech Support, Microsoft will just claim that the affordable version is unsupported on Macs and the user has to spend more money (and further is violating their end user license). Though even MS wouldn’t say so, the implication is that “we could sue your ass for what you did!).

    THIS IS HOW MICROSOFT WILL TRY TO STEM THE TIDE OF PEOPLE WHO WANT TO STANDARDIZE ON MACS AND WANT TO WEAN THEMSELVES OFF OF WINDOWS AND VISTA. IF YOU WANT TO BUY A MAC AND THINK IT’S GOING TO BE CHEAP TO RUN BOTH OPERATING SYSTEMS, THINK AGAIN. This is the MS way.

    Once again, MS tries to use its near-monopoly clout to pull off stunningly BS tactics. I think someone needs to bring this one to the attention of the anti-trust lawyers and the judge who are watching over MS; they’re trying to pull a fast one again.

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  2. Green, thanks to the productivity gains of using a Mac over a PC, we are fortunately able to spend half the day reading about Apple. That’s part of the reason why PC users dislike Mac users – they’re envious.

  3. Greg L

    “THAT’S how the @#$%?! bastards at MS will keep Vista off of Macs”

    I think that you are – spot on, correct, on the button, right on the mark, hit it on the nose … well done, you are – one smart cookie.

    But your – “DISCLAIMER” – was sooooo funny and somehow bang on the button (except the last bit). You a “Leg-end”… very, very funny.

    Where does such wit hail from?

  4. DOH !!. Well done all those who spotted the deliberate mistake – that should be – you are a “leg-end”.

    Also a call to Ampar, i hope you are well and just out n about on holiday.
    Please call home!

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