The hype around the use (…or rather non-use) of Vista continues to be in full swing as we close out April 2008, a mere 2 months before the “official” Microsoft mandated end date for availability of Windows XP on new computers. Computerworld published an article on the web today “Vista ‘inevitable’ for enterprises, says Forrester analyst“. The article has prompted numerous comments from a mixed variety of interested parties, with an equally mixed bag of thoughts and predjudices.
I’m not really sure why there seems to be so much “fuss” around the article in question, or the Forrester analysts comments more precisely. Personally, I took the view that Vista was inevitable for me soon after it was released. As an independent software developer I have neither the desire nor the clout to demand how my clients run their business or their investments on hardware and infrastructure. My job becomes providing them with what they need and desire to effectively run their business applications using the tools they choose – I just knew Vista would be a part of that.
Please do not misunderstand — I’m not necessarily an early adopter of new OS’s or technology for that matter. In my opinion, Vista offers little for the average business user. Looking at the fancy ribbon bars etc. that are part of MS Office 2008 I find pretty, but just too much. They are pleasing on the eyes, but add little other than clutter and confusion for the casual user. Vista vs XP is a similar story at the functionality level.
It seems to me that IF there is ever going to be significant exodus from Microsoft Windows desktops it will be NOW! I believe that Microsoft has never been so vulnerable — but I also see no real alternatives on the horizon other than perhaps Linux, which by its very nature as open source is vulnerable. If so many don’t like Vista — it could be a long wait for the next Microsoft product. What’s the alternative? Does somebody know of the next disruptive OS that’s just waiting for the day to jump out and tell the world “I’m Here!” and have the world IT organizations gobble it up?