Microsoft’s Windows Vista: obsolete on arrival?

“Imagine this. One of the world’s most powerful monopolies puts 10,000 people to work for five years to create one new product. And nobody is really sure if anyone wants it,” Dean Takahashi reports for The San Jose Mercury News. “How’s that for a gamble?”

“That’s what we have with Windows Vista, the new computer-operating system from Microsoft that debuted last week for businesses and, next month, for consumers,” Takahashi reports.

Takahashi reports, “Already experts are predicting Vista may be the last of its kind. Obsolete before it’s out the door? Geez, we haven’t even had a chance to open our wallets yet.”

“BusinessWeek estimates it took 10,000 employees about five years to ship Vista,” Takahashi reports. “So many things went wrong with the building of Vista that it’s hard to know where it all started. The original code name was Longhorn, kicked off in 2001 after Windows XP shipped.”

“The company tried to pioneer on a lot of fronts, trying to change the code language used to write the operating system and fiddling with the basic file system the software uses as its foundation,” Takahashi reports. “It pondered many ideas for 3-D interfaces that would help users navigate the computer more easily. Not everything worked. After a few years, the company aimed lower.”

Takahashi reports, “I’ve been playing around with the test version of Vista. It appears to accomplish things we ought to take for granted: better reliability, compatibility, security, search capability and task management. That said, it doesn’t feel like a product that is the fruit of 10,000 brilliant minds and $10 billion in resources.”

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MacDailyNews Take: We’ve been accomplishing things and taking for granted better reliability, compatibility, security, search capability, task management, and much, much more for over half a decade now.

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  1. Unfortunately too many people will end up using Vista because they are forced to do so at work…

    Luckily the tide is turning to OS X…

    It would be nice to get this quarter’s market share at 6.5-7% to keep the momentum…

  2. “It appears to accomplish things we ought to take for granted: better reliability, compatibility, security, search capability and task management.”

    Now if windoze had actually accomplished those things, it would have been exciting indeed. New vista viruses, susceptible to malware dating back to 2004….it looks like we will have to wait another 5 years.

  3. An average of 95 dollars an hour per employee for the last 5 years: 22 working days a month, 12 months a year, 5 years by 10,000 employees.
    A million dollar per person or 200,000 dollars average each a year. That is some 100 MacBook Pros 15″ a yer per person.
    I wnat mine!

    MW: thats. Like in a lot of money bad spent…

  4. well, the answer to joeldm when he asks “. . . who let the idiot into the room?” probably is: another idiot,i presume.

    Now seriously, obsolete or not, Vista will rule marketshare. Time, as always, will tell.

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