Windows Vista

Chris Prillo points out Vista’s sloppiness. I completely agree. It is very sad that the top new features I am looking forward to are a networking stack that doesn’t suck (although Beta 2’s wireless tools have not given me alot of hope) and the fact that non administrators can add printers. There are not alot of new features to talk about. If people were buying a computer for photos or movies I would tell them to buy a mac. My next computer is going to be a MacBook Pro.

Microsoft had a chance to get things right with Vista and the users experience will be marginally better than XP. The graphics as Chris points out are very inconsistent. In his podcast he points out many things that are inexplicably incorrect.

From a developers perspective Vista is going to kick ass. But from a users perspective it will be more secure, have rss (which you already have although more apps might be able to do cool things with a unified API), gadgets (yahoo already gave us widgets and other people have done similar things for a long time), Search (minus that relational file system we were promised), SideShow (which is cool but requires new hardware), Performance tuning (although I am not sure how much this works – I would like to see some objective metrics), Backup, Speech Recognition (which 98% of you still won’t use). Thats basically it. Oh yeah and IE 7 Protected Mode which is a good thing.

Windows 3.1 components still in Vista.

I wish I could be more positive but I just can’t. Its so little, so very very late.

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