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More Microsoft Stupidity

Via the BBC, this story about Windows Vista leaves me shaking my head. Six, count them, six different versions of the next generation of the buggiest, least secure, and most bloated operating system on the market… and a launch after the holiday season. It’s a recipe for disaster, if you ask me.

What on earth were they thinking? Even if you assume there will be separate 32- and 64-bit versions (and discount the possibility of a 64-bit version for “emerging markets”, whatever that means), you’re left with as many as four basic flavours of the same operating system; the licensing headaches alone promise to be migraine-inducing, nevermind the support and update issues.

I also have to wonder at the wisdom of releasing the “corporate” version months ahead of the “consumer” version, when the announced delay in the latter’s release is security- and stability-related. Either Microsoft has no qualms about unloading a flaky, insecure operating system on business users – surprise, surprise – or the different versions are actually so different that patches, tweaks, and hardening of one isn’t directly portable to the others, and they’ve decided to concentrate their efforts on the business branch. Any which way you look at it, it’s not confidence-inspiring…

Published in: Geekiness, General | on March 21st, 2006 | Comments Off on More Microsoft Stupidity