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Although many folks, including Steve Ballmer, are talking about Windows 7 these days, let’s not forget about Windows Vista. The initial release left some people smarting, but SP1 has addressed many of the driver and reliability issues. Mike Nash is sharing some details on the second […]

WindowsvistalogoAlthough many folks, including Steve Ballmer, are talking about Windows 7 these days, let’s not forget about Windows Vista. The initial release left some people smarting, but SP1 has addressed many of the driver and reliability issues. Mike Nash is sharing some details on the second service pack for Windows Vista and it sounds good to me. The info is limited, but these bits are appealing from a mobile device standpoint:

  • Bluetooth 2.1 Feature Pack support, which is already available to OEMs
  • Windows Connect Now (WCN) for simplified Wi-Fi configuration.
  • Enables the exFAT file system to support UTC timestamps, which allows correct file synchronization across time zones.

There’s no release date publicly available for SP2 as Microsoft is focusing on quality over a time-table according to Nash. I think it’s the right approach and if SP2 helps Vista the way SP1 did, I think some folks might give the operating system a second chance.

  1. “I think it’s the right approach and if SP2 helps Vista the way SP1 did, I think some folks might give the operating system a second chance.” Corporates won’t – they’ve steered clear of Vista for a number of reasons and now their eyes are already on Windows 7. IF Microsoft get that right, then they may well see some upgrade income which has been rather thin recently. Home users whose PCs work with Vista probably aren’t that worried either at the moment.

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  2. Chris Bulow’s point is very important. I heard of a very large workplace in our area that has banned Vista computers from its network because of the problems it causes. If SP2 doesn’t fix issues such as frequent dropping of printers, such Vista bans may get institutionalized as Windows bans.

    Giving up on getting Vista working and putting everything into getting Windows 7 working is quite risky. After the Vista experience, who is going to be an early adopter of Windows 7?

    To restore confidence, Microsoft needs to talk to the IT folks who are banning Vista and find out what they need to fix.

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  3. Chris Bulow’s point is very important. I heard of a very large workplace in our area that has banned Vista computers from its network because of the problems it causes. If SP2 doesn’t fix issues such as frequent dropping of printers, such Vista bans may get institutionalized as Windows bans.

    Giving up on getting Vista working and putting everything into getting Windows 7 working is quite risky. After the Vista experience, who is going to be an early adopter of Windows 7?

    To restore confidence, Microsoft needs to talk to the IT folks who are banning Vista and find out what they need to fix.

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  4. GoodThings2Life Friday, October 24, 2008

    I don’t think there’s any saving Vista. People just need to accept that it is “ME 2.0″.

    That said, for those who embraced and like Vista, well… even ME had its supporters.

    For those of us hold-outs on XP, well… here’s to hoping Windows 7 really does fix the mess.

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  5. Talk about putting lipstick on a pig…

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  6. Well, FWIW I still feel the majority of bad feeling towards Vista is due to this mass FUD spouted by supposedly sane Bloggers, Commenters and Journalists who have jumped on the kick Vista bandwagon, (present company excepted guys!!!)

    Now, no OS is perfect and Vista, like ANY OS I can think of has issues, of course the main one being for many people ‘what IS that hard disk doing’? but I can say that my current setup of quad core, 8Gb Ram and Vista 64 is the most satisfying setup I’ve ever owned. I’m a gamer, video editor, digital photography nut, and I love using it for my consultancy work, using great software like Office 2007,
    Snagit, Camtasia and others.

    We still use Office 2000 and XP on PCs in my Office in Edinburgh and TBH I never use them as they feel clunky, and I hate older versions of Office now after using 2007. I’d rather use my Portege M700. With Vista ;-) and that wonderful search, great for a disorganised person like myself.

    Now that driver support has caught up, I’d advise anyone to jump right in to 64 bit computing with Vista, bung in some lovely cheap 8Gb Ram, a decent dual or quad core CPU and start enjoying computing again.

    Please note, other opinions are available. ;-)

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