Microsoft Executives, New York Times: Vista is a Turkey

Microsoft Executives, New York Times: Vista is a Turkey

Post by govegan » Wed, 12 Mar 2008 22:57:11

unny cartoon ( if you don't work for Microsoft )

According to this New York Time article even Microsoft executives
think Microsoft Vista sucks:

Full Article:

" Here's one story of a Vista upgrade early last year that did not
go well. Jon, let's call him, (bear with me -- I'll reveal his full
identity later) upgrades two XP machines to Vista. Then he discovers
that his printer, regular scanner and film scanner lack Vista drivers.
He has to stick with XP on one machine just so he can continue to use
the peripherals.

Did Jon simply have bad luck? Apparently not. When another person,
Steven, hears about Jon's woes, he says drivers are missing in every
category -- "this is the same across the whole ecosystem."

Then there's Mike, who buys a laptop that has a reassuring
"Windows Vista Capable" logo affixed. He thinks that he will be able
to run Vista in all of its glory, as well as favorite Microsoft
programs like Movie Maker. His report: "I personally got burned." His
new laptop -- logo or no logo -- lacks the necessary graphics chip and
can run neither his favorite video-editing software nor anything but a
hobbled version of Vista. "I now have a $2,100 e-mail machine," he

It turns out that Mike is clearly not a na. He's Mike Nash, a
Microsoft vice president who oversees Windows product management. And
Jon, who is dismayed to learn that the drivers he needs don't exist?
That's Jon A. Shirley, a Microsoft board member and former president
and chief operating officer. And Steven, who reports that missing
drivers are anything but exceptional, is in a good position to know:
he's Steven Sinofsky, the company's senior vice president responsible
for Windows.

Their remarks come from a stream of internal communications at
Microsoft in February 2007, after Vista had been released as a
supposedly finished product and customers were paying full retail
price. Between the nonexistent drivers and PCs mislabeled as being
ready for Vista when they really were not, Vista instantly acquired a
reputation at birth: Does Not Play Well With Others.

We usually do not have the opportunity to overhear Microsoft's
most senior executives vent their personal frustrations with Windows.
But a lawsuit filed against Microsoft in March 2007 in United States
District Court in Seattle has pried loose a packet of internal company
documents. The plaintiffs, Dianne Kelley and Kenneth Hansen, bought
PCs in late 2006, before Vista's release, and contend that Microsoft's
"Windows Vista Capable" stickers were misleading when affixed to
machines that turned out to be incapable of running the versions of
Vista that offered the features Microsoft was marketing as distinctive
Vista benefits.

Last month, Judge Marsha A. Pechman granted class-action status to
the suit, which is scheduled to go to trial in October. (Microsoft
last week appealed the certification decision.)

Anyone who bought a PC that Microsoft labeled "Windows Vista
Capable" without also declaring "Premium Capable" is now a party in
the suit. The judge also unsealed a cache of 200 e-mail messages and
internal reports, covering Microsoft's discussions of how best to
market Vista, beginning in 2005 and extending beyond

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