Windows Vista isn’t Done Yet

A Gartner analyst picks up on something I’ve seen saying for some time:

Isn’t [Windows Vista] already done?

Well, in a word, no. In past postings, we talked about the importance
of Microsoft Update (MU) to Vista’s launch. The reality is that
Microsoft could not have shipped Vista in November if real people were
going to be using it en masse for real things right away. With
consumers not getting Windows Vista until 30 January 2007, and most
businesses just “kicking its tires’ (if that) over the holidays,
Microsoft and the Windows ecosystem have an 11-week extension between
RTM and actual use. That Microsoft and the ecosystem are ready for the
30 January consumer availability is much more important than that they
made their 2006 RTM goal.

What kinds of things aren’t ready? Mostly drivers. Microsoft is
including more than 19,000 “in the box”, but expects to have another
12,000 available via Microsoft Update. Some of the drivers available so
far are still considered beta, are somewhat unstable or do not support
the full feature set of the devices. And Microsoft’s own Application
Compatibility Toolkit (unimportant for consumers, but very important
for enterprises) and Windows Mobile Device Center (important for
enterprises and consumers) are also still in beta.


  1. by that silly definition vista will never be done. they are constantly adding drivers.

  2. Chirsten A. says:

    Microsoft could do everyone a favor by shelving their malignant products for good. Vista is yet another incompetent, low-grade knock-off. Vista security is a plastic padlock.
    After wading through 5728, 5744, and RTM during the latter part of 2006 it’s readily apparent that Microsoft’s dominance will remain altruistically unearned. Redmond will have to continue riding the wave of business success once brought about by size and strong arming tactics.
    Unfortunately, thanks to Microsoft most consumers have low expectations for their OS. Not only do they not know what they’re missing (unsung alternatives do exist), they have no idea they have the right to demand more of from their OS as well as demanding it much sooner. In the year 2006 Microsoft finally catches on that the Internet plays an important role in modern society and henceforth blesses the earth with Windows Live!? Please.
    If Windows isn’t bad enough, it only takes a quick trip to to witness the utter buffoonery behind the minds at Microsoft. Microsoft “borrows” most of their ideas from everyone else and then, amazingly enough, consistently turns a successful, “borrowed” product or idea into a complete boob job.
    The cherry on top is watching Windows Live sprout all of their little Web 2.0 “beta” initiatives as if they created a docket from the complete Google retrospective. It’s pathetically embarrasing to watch. If you’ve ever witnessed Mikey’s phone call to the answering machine in the film Swingers, you’ll know what I mean.
    While I truly believe there has to be some amazing and gifted IT minds working for Microsoft, individuals with the gift to create binary beauty, I’m afraid the marketing minds and other red-taped boobs incessantly stifle their potential. The fear of innovation amongst Microsoft’s visionless greed-mongers, paradoxically will eventually seal their dissolution.
    To this day I’m confoundedly perplexed why anyone in their right mind would use these products by choice.

  3. I’d like to share my strategy for surviving the coming Vista debacle. :)
    I just bought an eMachine and got a clean copy of XPSp2, a rebate certificate for a copy of Vista and oh, a shiny new computer too.
    This will be my last ever purchase of a Microsoft OS because upon the release of Leopard I’m a Mac person again after 12 difficult BSD filled years. Hallelujah!
    I did want to have a clean copy of Vista for testing though…

  4. Franklin Stubbs says:

    Speaking of huge freaking debacles–anyone catch Walt Mossberg’s review of the new Office in the WSJ? Basically MSFT took their one lasting and dominating advantage –the inertia of a massively pre-installed user base– and blew it up.
    The money quotes from Mossberg’s review:
    “Older versions of Office, on both Windows and Macintosh computers, won’t be able to read these new file types without special conversion software…”
    “…there is a big downside to this gutsy redesign: It requires a steep learning curve that many people might rather avoid. In my own tests, I was cursing the program for weeks because I couldn’t find familiar functions and commands, even though Microsoft provides lots of help and guidance.”
    “It’s as if Toyota decided to switch the position of choices on the automobile shift lever, or Motorola decided to rearrange the buttons on the cellphone key pad. Even if the companies could conclusively show that the changes made life easier, many people would be annoyed at best, and furious at worst.”

  5. Here come the Mac freaks…