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Tuesday 12 August 2008

Is Windows on the Way Out?

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My regular readers will be fully aware of my views on Microsoft Vista. For newcomers (and I welcome all my new readers who have arrived recently - I hope I can persuade you to stay with my disconnected "jottings") I should explain that my views on Vista are not based on hearsay and prejudice, but on eight months' experience of this bordel of an operating system. The irony is that if I had listened to the hearsay, I would have saved myself a great deal of frustration and indeed, expense - I am now a content XP user. Simply type "Vista" into the search box at the top of the page to see the various pieces I have written about Vista here.

The many, many articles I have read online suggest that I am far from being alone although I should add that Vista has its enthusiasts and I suppose, apologists!

Well, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols at Computerworld seems to think that Vista has sounded the death-knell for Windows. In this article he says:

"The company has tried to con — uh, convince — people that Vista really is a good operating system, with its painful Mojave Experiment Web site. The site crashed Safari on my MacBook Pro and wouldn't render on Firefox on my openSUSE Linux PC. When I finally did get it to show up on an XP SP3 system, I was told it was my fault that I was having trouble with Vista. That's a surefire way to make me want to buy Vista.

Windows has had a long run, too long really. It can't be twisted into an operating system that can handle a world where processing power may be on the desktop or in a cloud, and where networking is a given. Microsoft needs something different."

The article states that MS is developing something called Midori, which is apparently a completely new operating system, unlike Windows 7 which of course will be, as the article suggests "Vista SP4".

Once again, I suppose it's a case of "watch this space."

Until the next time.

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