Microsoft on the Windows Vista Wow: We're Sorry! And the Autopsy

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Thai Berry \(U.S.\)

A small intro as always and then follows the article.
If you are a vista fanboy.. you deserve vista... vista-fanboys aka
vistaboys are a species of troll. They think that because they support vista
by every means, including insults, name calling, mass flame-posting.spam,
proving erroneous delusional information (most MVP's do this) or even fat
lies, they are doing something that is not called trolling.

Also. Complaints about me posting "news in a newsgroup" (Troll Yanair), or
including "text in my posts" (Troll Frank) are stupid, therefore ignored..
stupid flames by one
of the hundreds of sockpuppets of troll "spanky de monkey" are also ignored.
You all use vista... and thats enough punishment.

ARTICLE:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Micr...w-We-039-re-Sorry-And-The-Autopsy-67793.shtml

Microsoft on the Windows Vista Wow: We're Sorry! And the Autopsy - 9 reasons
why users have been Wow-less

Back on November 30, 2006, Microsoft's Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer
launched Windows Vista to businesses at the NASDAQ headquarters in New York.
But while Ballmer's tongue hanging out might have been an expression of the
enthusiasm and excitement orbiting around the hundreds of millions of Vista
copies estimated to ship in the first year, the exhibitionism of frenetic
applause was just a taste of the $500 million marketing campaign for the
consumer launch of the operating system on January 30, 2007. And at the end
of January the Wow hit not only store shelves but also every possible
channel of advertising stretching from traditional media to the Internet.

But even before the consumer launch of Windows Vista, Microsoft Chairman
Bill Gates began applauding the Wow to come. The Redmond company even
debuted an initiative dubbed "Show Us Your Wow", with a special invitation
delivered by Gates himself. "What's a "wow moment"? It's that instant when
you recognize that your life has changed-the moment you transform an idea
that you once only dreamed of pursuing into something you have actually
achieved," Gates stated at the time. Vista's release to the general public
was compared with the availability of the 8080 Intel microprocessor. And of
course that with the T.V. video advertisement for Vista, the operating
system's Wow was situated as an equivalent of additional amazing, incredible
and exhilarating moments.

Eight months into Vista's availability on the market and the Wow is now
officially pronounced dead. The "Show Us Your Wow" website is no more,
visiting it will display such messages as: "404 error - Page Not Found" or
"We're sorry. We seem to be experiencing some technical difficulties, please
come back again soon." And this is not an isolated incident in October, it
has been going on since July 2007. This is why below you will be able to
find the autopsy of the Wow.

On the Windows Vista official website the Redmond company has an exhaustive
list (and by exhaustive I actually mean highly repetitive and failing to
drive the point home) of no less than 100 reasons and I quote "why
everyone's so speechless." "100 Reasons You'll Be Speechless - Seeing
Windows Vista for the first time may leave you searching for words. Many
people just say "Wow." Here are 100 reasons why," reads the message that you
can access on the Vista Wow. (The Wow reasons are all quoted from the
official Vista website - emphasis added)

1. Wow reason no.1: "It makes using your PC a breeze - Windows Vista
features a breakthrough design and easy-to-use organizational tools that
make it simpler to get things done and get on with life! Find what you need
instantly, on your PC or on the web, with Instant Search. Bring more clarity
to your tasks with the spectacular Windows Aero user experience and Windows
Flip 3D, allowing you to see everything you're working on at a glance."

Back in July, a survey performed by Support.com revealed that the overhauled
Windows Vista graphical user interface, meaning Windows Aero, was considered
among the top nastiest problems affecting the operating system. But perhaps
the biggest handicap of Aero are the high system requirements it needs in
order to work smoothly and the fact that the eye-candy and the adjacent
effects do impact your workflow, slowing you down.

2. Wow reason no.3: "It's the safest version of Windows ever - Windows Vista
provides better protection for your PC, your personal information, and your
family than any previous version of Windows-with new security tools like
Windows Defender, anti-spam and phishing filters, and Parental Controls.
Automatic backups, Performance Self-Tuning, and built-in diagnostics help
you keep your data protected and your PC running smoothly."

And yet Windows Vista succumbed to the .ANI file format vulnerability in
March, indicating the true extent of its security architecture. Moreover,
the flaw in Windows Animated Cursor Handling in Windows Vista, Windows 2000,
Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 was reported to Microsoft by Determina
since December 20, 2006, long before the operating system's January launch,
but also too late after RTM to do anything about it. While Vista might very
well be the safest version of
Windows available on the market it is by no means foolproof or perfect.

3. Wow reason no.14: "Make any room a media room - With Windows Media
Center, you can access and project your TV, music, photos, and movies to any
room in your house when you connect an Xbox 360 and other Media Center
Extenders through your wired or wireless home networkN. Just grab the remote
control, select your favorite entertainment from your TV or PC screen, and
let the fun begin! "

Windows Media Center is among the top features of Windows Vista Home Premium
and Ultimate editions. But at the same time it is the small details that
count. Like the still missing Windows Media Center remote control promised
by Microsoft back in 2006, after the operating system was released to
manufacturing. And on top of all this, Windows Media Center in Vista has had
to rely on the Xbox console as an extender, with additional devices served
at the end of September this year. And of course in this context there has
to be a mention of the criticism Microsoft has faced for including Digital
Rights Management in Windows Vista and crippling the user experience.

4. Wow reason no.16: "Get your new computer up and running in no time -
Windows Easy Transfer makes it easier to set up your new computer by
automatically transferring your important content, like files, folders,
settings, and e-mail messages, from your old computer to your new one."

Microsoft has promised a streamlined migration process from older versions
of Windows to Vista. And in this regard, the company did manage to provide
two "utensils" designed to enable the seamless transfer of data, settings,
files and programs to Vista. The first is the Windows Easy Transfer utility
and the second the Windows Easy Transfer Companion. Windows Easy Transfer
utility is limited pretty much not only to XP, but also in terms of
functionality and while the Companion comes to resolve such issues, it is
still in beta stage after more than eight months since Vista was delivered
for the users.

5. Wow reason no.25: "It works with the software, hardware, and services you
want Windows Vista is compatible with a wide array of software applications,
hardware devices, and services to meet your computing needs. Just look for
the Certified for Windows Vista logo to ensure you'll get a superior Windows
Vista experience."

Right...Windows Vista delivers out of the box compatibility with software,
hardware, devices and services. Microsoft was obviously not talking about
the same Vista it released in January. And Microsoft was not talking about
the same platform that Mike Sievert, Corporate Vice President, Windows
Product Marketing during the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2007,
admitted was released into a world that was not ready for it. Therefore
leading to incompatibility issues with software, hardware, devices and
services...

6. Wow reason no.41: "Because your PC will stay up to date, automatically -
Windows Update routinely checks for the latest important updates for your
computer and automatically downloads and installs them, so you can always be
sure that your computer is current."

Windows Update, oh the good old Windows update infrastructure... Used by
Microsoft to serve and install stealthy updates on Windows Vista without
even bothering to ask for the users' consent or approval. Windows Update
will not only keep your computer "current" but it will also make sure that
Microsoft can alter your copy of Vista in any manner it pleases.

7. Wow reason no.50: "Get more out of the web - Tabbed Browsing in Windows
Internet Explorer 7 enables you to simultaneously browse multiple pages on
the Internet in one window."

Don't get me wrong. Tabbed browsing is nothing short of an excellent
evolution for Internet Explorer. But at the same time it is enumerated on
the Wow-less list simply because tabbed browsing is in no way a Wow. It is a
natural feature, common to all browsers nowadays and I will even venture so
far as to say that this functionality in IE7 has never managed to leave
anyone speechless.

8. Wow reason no.62: "Because it remembers what you like to do-and helps you
do it faster Windows SuperFetch helps improve PC responsiveness and helps
make system performance more consistent by tracking which applications you
use most often and preloading them into memory for quick access."

Performance... Microsoft has admitted not without a decent amount of
subtlety the fact that Windows Vista still has some rough corners related to
performance, reliability and compatibility. This is why the company has been
constantly improving the operating system with updates and also delivered
the promise that the first service pack for the operating system would
provide improvements in the three critical areas. Additionally, Microsoft
has also made available standalone updates designed to fix performance,
reliability and compatibility issues in Vista today, revealing that they
would also be integrated into Vista SP1.

9. Wow reason no.88: "Take your game beyond the next level - Hit the latest
high-performance games with ultra-vivid 3-D graphics. DirectX 10 technology
makes gameplay more engaging and allows you to use the same game controller
with both your PC and your Xbox 360. With faster performance and more stable
connectivity, it's a blast to go head-to-head online against your best
friends or other gamers anywhere in the world."

The DirectX 10 graphics technology is Vista exclusive. And while version 10
is without a doubt an evolution over DirectX 9.x, limiting the technology
only to Vista, proved to be a tad of a blunder for Microsoft and yet another
source of criticism. Users accused Microsoft that it was fueling the forced
migration to Windows Vista from Windows XP and the gaming industry also
looked upon the company's decision not to backport DirectX 10 to XP as a
mistake. Gabe Newell, president of Valve Software and Igor Lobanchikov, a
GSC graphics programmer both lashed out at Microsoft because it impacted the
industry as over 200 million users run Windows as their main gaming
platform, the vast majority of them with no access to DirectX 10.
 
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You are one stupid PUTZ. Just FYI.


Thai Berry (U.S.) said:
A small intro as always and then follows the article.
If you are a vista fanboy.. you deserve vista... vista-fanboys aka
vistaboys are a species of troll. They think that because they support
vista by every means, including insults, name calling, mass
flame-posting.spam, proving erroneous delusional information (most MVP's
do this) or even fat lies, they are doing something that is not called
trolling.

Also. Complaints about me posting "news in a newsgroup" (Troll Yanair), or
including "text in my posts" (Troll Frank) are stupid, therefore ignored..
stupid flames by one
of the hundreds of sockpuppets of troll "spanky de monkey" are also
ignored. You all use vista... and thats enough punishment.

ARTICLE:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Micr...w-We-039-re-Sorry-And-The-Autopsy-67793.shtml

Microsoft on the Windows Vista Wow: We're Sorry! And the Autopsy - 9
reasons why users have been Wow-less

Back on November 30, 2006, Microsoft's Chief Executive Officer Steve
Ballmer launched Windows Vista to businesses at the NASDAQ headquarters in
New York. But while Ballmer's tongue hanging out might have been an
expression of the enthusiasm and excitement orbiting around the hundreds
of millions of Vista copies estimated to ship in the first year, the
exhibitionism of frenetic applause was just a taste of the $500 million
marketing campaign for the consumer launch of the operating system on
January 30, 2007. And at the end of January the Wow hit not only store
shelves but also every possible channel of advertising stretching from
traditional media to the Internet.

But even before the consumer launch of Windows Vista, Microsoft Chairman
Bill Gates began applauding the Wow to come. The Redmond company even
debuted an initiative dubbed "Show Us Your Wow", with a special invitation
delivered by Gates himself. "What's a "wow moment"? It's that instant when
you recognize that your life has changed-the moment you transform an idea
that you once only dreamed of pursuing into something you have actually
achieved," Gates stated at the time. Vista's release to the general public
was compared with the availability of the 8080 Intel microprocessor. And
of course that with the T.V. video advertisement for Vista, the operating
system's Wow was situated as an equivalent of additional amazing,
incredible and exhilarating moments.

Eight months into Vista's availability on the market and the Wow is now
officially pronounced dead. The "Show Us Your Wow" website is no more,
visiting it will display such messages as: "404 error - Page Not Found" or
"We're sorry. We seem to be experiencing some technical difficulties,
please come back again soon." And this is not an isolated incident in
October, it has been going on since July 2007. This is why below you will
be able to find the autopsy of the Wow.

On the Windows Vista official website the Redmond company has an
exhaustive list (and by exhaustive I actually mean highly repetitive and
failing to drive the point home) of no less than 100 reasons and I quote
"why everyone's so speechless." "100 Reasons You'll Be Speechless - Seeing
Windows Vista for the first time may leave you searching for words. Many
people just say "Wow." Here are 100 reasons why," reads the message that
you can access on the Vista Wow. (The Wow reasons are all quoted from the
official Vista website - emphasis added)

1. Wow reason no.1: "It makes using your PC a breeze - Windows Vista
features a breakthrough design and easy-to-use organizational tools that
make it simpler to get things done and get on with life! Find what you
need instantly, on your PC or on the web, with Instant Search. Bring more
clarity to your tasks with the spectacular Windows Aero user experience
and Windows Flip 3D, allowing you to see everything you're working on at a
glance."

Back in July, a survey performed by Support.com revealed that the
overhauled Windows Vista graphical user interface, meaning Windows Aero,
was considered among the top nastiest problems affecting the operating
system. But perhaps the biggest handicap of Aero are the high system
requirements it needs in order to work smoothly and the fact that the
eye-candy and the adjacent effects do impact your workflow, slowing you
down.

2. Wow reason no.3: "It's the safest version of Windows ever - Windows
Vista provides better protection for your PC, your personal information,
and your family than any previous version of Windows-with new security
tools like Windows Defender, anti-spam and phishing filters, and Parental
Controls. Automatic backups, Performance Self-Tuning, and built-in
diagnostics help you keep your data protected and your PC running
smoothly."

And yet Windows Vista succumbed to the .ANI file format vulnerability in
March, indicating the true extent of its security architecture. Moreover,
the flaw in Windows Animated Cursor Handling in Windows Vista, Windows
2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 was reported to Microsoft by
Determina since December 20, 2006, long before the operating system's
January launch, but also too late after RTM to do anything about it. While
Vista might very well be the safest version of
Windows available on the market it is by no means foolproof or perfect.

3. Wow reason no.14: "Make any room a media room - With Windows Media
Center, you can access and project your TV, music, photos, and movies to
any room in your house when you connect an Xbox 360 and other Media Center
Extenders through your wired or wireless home networkN. Just grab the
remote control, select your favorite entertainment from your TV or PC
screen, and let the fun begin! "

Windows Media Center is among the top features of Windows Vista Home
Premium and Ultimate editions. But at the same time it is the small
details that count. Like the still missing Windows Media Center remote
control promised by Microsoft back in 2006, after the operating system was
released to manufacturing. And on top of all this, Windows Media Center in
Vista has had to rely on the Xbox console as an extender, with additional
devices served at the end of September this year. And of course in this
context there has to be a mention of the criticism Microsoft has faced for
including Digital Rights Management in Windows Vista and crippling the
user experience.

4. Wow reason no.16: "Get your new computer up and running in no time -
Windows Easy Transfer makes it easier to set up your new computer by
automatically transferring your important content, like files, folders,
settings, and e-mail messages, from your old computer to your new one."

Microsoft has promised a streamlined migration process from older versions
of Windows to Vista. And in this regard, the company did manage to provide
two "utensils" designed to enable the seamless transfer of data, settings,
files and programs to Vista. The first is the Windows Easy Transfer
utility and the second the Windows Easy Transfer Companion. Windows Easy
Transfer utility is limited pretty much not only to XP, but also in terms
of functionality and while the Companion comes to resolve such issues, it
is still in beta stage after more than eight months since Vista was
delivered for the users.

5. Wow reason no.25: "It works with the software, hardware, and services
you want Windows Vista is compatible with a wide array of software
applications, hardware devices, and services to meet your computing needs.
Just look for the Certified for Windows Vista logo to ensure you'll get a
superior Windows Vista experience."

Right...Windows Vista delivers out of the box compatibility with software,
hardware, devices and services. Microsoft was obviously not talking about
the same Vista it released in January. And Microsoft was not talking about
the same platform that Mike Sievert, Corporate Vice President, Windows
Product Marketing during the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2007,
admitted was released into a world that was not ready for it. Therefore
leading to incompatibility issues with software, hardware, devices and
services...

6. Wow reason no.41: "Because your PC will stay up to date,
automatically - Windows Update routinely checks for the latest important
updates for your computer and automatically downloads and installs them,
so you can always be sure that your computer is current."

Windows Update, oh the good old Windows update infrastructure... Used by
Microsoft to serve and install stealthy updates on Windows Vista without
even bothering to ask for the users' consent or approval. Windows Update
will not only keep your computer "current" but it will also make sure that
Microsoft can alter your copy of Vista in any manner it pleases.

7. Wow reason no.50: "Get more out of the web - Tabbed Browsing in Windows
Internet Explorer 7 enables you to simultaneously browse multiple pages on
the Internet in one window."

Don't get me wrong. Tabbed browsing is nothing short of an excellent
evolution for Internet Explorer. But at the same time it is enumerated on
the Wow-less list simply because tabbed browsing is in no way a Wow. It is
a natural feature, common to all browsers nowadays and I will even venture
so far as to say that this functionality in IE7 has never managed to leave
anyone speechless.

8. Wow reason no.62: "Because it remembers what you like to do-and helps
you do it faster Windows SuperFetch helps improve PC responsiveness and
helps make system performance more consistent by tracking which
applications you use most often and preloading them into memory for quick
access."

Performance... Microsoft has admitted not without a decent amount of
subtlety the fact that Windows Vista still has some rough corners related
to performance, reliability and compatibility. This is why the company has
been constantly improving the operating system with updates and also
delivered the promise that the first service pack for the operating system
would provide improvements in the three critical areas. Additionally,
Microsoft has also made available standalone updates designed to fix
performance, reliability and compatibility issues in Vista today,
revealing that they would also be integrated into Vista SP1.

9. Wow reason no.88: "Take your game beyond the next level - Hit the
latest high-performance games with ultra-vivid 3-D graphics. DirectX 10
technology makes gameplay more engaging and allows you to use the same
game controller with both your PC and your Xbox 360. With faster
performance and more stable connectivity, it's a blast to go head-to-head
online against your best friends or other gamers anywhere in the world."

The DirectX 10 graphics technology is Vista exclusive. And while version
10 is without a doubt an evolution over DirectX 9.x, limiting the
technology only to Vista, proved to be a tad of a blunder for Microsoft
and yet another source of criticism. Users accused Microsoft that it was
fueling the forced migration to Windows Vista from Windows XP and the
gaming industry also looked upon the company's decision not to backport
DirectX 10 to XP as a mistake. Gabe Newell, president of Valve Software
and Igor Lobanchikov, a GSC graphics programmer both lashed out at
Microsoft because it impacted the industry as over 200 million users run
Windows as their main gaming platform, the vast majority of them with no
access to DirectX 10.
 

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