Custom Application Development

Oct 11 2007   10:52AM GMT

How’s Your “Vista”?

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My work morning started with a big grin as I read a Computerworld article titled “Mother’s ire puts Ballmer on defense over Vista“!  It seems an analyst and mother of a 13 year old was interviewing Ballmer at the ITxpo conference yesterday and confronted him about Vista.  It seems after 2 days of Vista on her daughter’s machine, she went back to XP.  (Her daughter “needed” gadgets — hence the Vista install). 

Ballmer referenced “…the value we put into Vista…” as being appreciated  (eye candy?), and how there are differences in perceived value between end users and software developers, and value to IT departments.  I wasn’t there, so I cannot speak first hand of the validity of Ballmer’s thoughts, but I really do wonder here.  (…and generally I like Vista’s pleasing display — aka “Eye Candy” — though I do not use it for any mission critical use.)  I have it on my laptop so as to “learn” about it.

I’ve wondered for some time now just how many companies IT departments are in fact implementing Vista — and at what cost?  How large are they?  The small IT departments I know are avoiding it, and will for as long as they can.  “Vista is bigger than XP” the Computerworld article states, and Ballmer seems to imply that we should just get a “bigger” machine to run it.  As a developer I wonder what steps Microsoft has taken to evaluate the system to eliminate “bloat” — Is Vista as lean and mean as a secure Windows OS can be?.

So, inquiring minds want to know — “How’s Your Vista?” — comments encouraged.

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