The Future of Windows Vista

by Krishna on May 18, 2007

This article by Paul Thurrott (from Supersite for Windows) takes a look at the adoption of Windows Vista since it was launched. It seems that Vista will be on 5% of all business computers by the end of the year. That doesn’t look like a lot, but it is better than the adoption of Windows 2000. Also Vista compatibility seems to be increasing.

From what I have seen, most Windows users will take their time to move to Vista. Some of the problems I encountered with various important products like IE and Outlook can be really frustrating, especially if it is affecting business work. Until systems administrators gain greater confidence about Vista, the movement towards Vista will be considerably affected.

Having said that, I think this is similar to the initial release of .NET. When .NET was released, it got a very lukewarm response. Java developers were shocked at what C# copied. Visual Basic were unhappy about the lack of compatibility. Yet within a couple of years, .NET had established its hold over the Windows developer community. Vista will need time to pick up the momentum.

These are the screenshots of the problems I faced in Vista (note previous posts here and here). I was not able to post this previously because Windows Live Writer is unable to post images directly to Blogger. Don’t ask me why – another of those Microsoft-Google product “interoperability” problems, I guess. I am using the online editor in Blogger for this post.

internet explorer has stopped working. windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available.

error message when put a Windows Vista-based system to sleep with a modem connection

Windows has recovered from an unexpected shutdown.


Joe Cheng [MSFT] May 21, 2007 at 11:32 am

FYI… Blogger has never supported image uploads by third-party software. Recently Google opened up their Picasaweb photo service to third-party software so we’ll be able to use that in the near future.

Krishna May 21, 2007 at 12:14 pm

Thanks Joe. I didn’t know that. That is really poor support on Blogger’s part. It is very difficult to keep going online and adding your images.

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