Saturday, May 27, 2006

John Gruber on Microsoft.
It seems almost beyond dispute that there’s a deep malaise surrounding Windows Vista, Microsoft’s biggest and most important upcoming product. Microsoft has been late with major new operating systems before — in fact, to my memory, major new versions of Windows have always arrived a year or two later than they were originally promised. The biggest problem with Vista isn’t that it’s late, but that people don’t really seem to care that it’s late, because there doesn’t seem to be much in Vista that Windows users are dying for.

Microsoft's problem is that it has no rivals: go read the whole thing.

2 comments:

MatGB said...

He's right as well, read it earlier as it's one of the few links from DKcomment.

The one thing Firefox (and Opera) have definately acheived is reopen competition in the browser wars, although I haven't tried it, I've heard good things about IE7, and apparently it's even standards compliant. That would never have happened without enforced competition. The only days I go above 50% IE readers at the moment are on days with no posts, office traffic mostly. Normally it's 60-70% Fx, Opera, Safari et al.

It's a shame Open Office sucks at opening MS documents. Heh; if the EU gets their way, we'll have Open Document Format as a standard that M$ will have to implement properly. Big purchasing blocks can be useful at times y'know...

Devil's Kitchen said...

I've heard good things about IE7, and apparently it's even standards compliant.

Not according to Allan at Politicalog, who's been beta-testing it for some months. Still not totally CSS1 compliant, better CSS2 compliant but almost no CSS3 compliance at all. CSS standards have moved on vastly in the last couple of years and the last version of Explorer was released... what? 4, 5 years ago?

It's a shame Open Office sucks at opening MS documents.

I've never had any problems, but then I'm using the Mac implementation, NeoOffice. There is absolutely no way that the EU will influence MS in any way: what kind of discount do you think that they get on their MS licenses? Not that I give a shit about Office: Macs rule.

DK