Ballmer Dispels Notion of Vista as Last Client OS

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today attempted to end rumors that Windows Vista will be the last Windows client operating system, claiming that Microsoft has "plenty more where that came from" at a press event to mark the consumer launch of the new OS and Office 2007 in New York.

Sitting alongside executives from some of Microsoft's most important partners--such as Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and Intel--Ballmer said there is plenty of room for innovation on the PC, and Microsoft plans to continue to build upon the user-interface, security, and multimedia enhancements in Vista.

"We've got a very long list of stuff our engineers want to do, a long list of stuff all of the companies here want us to do," he said. "There are so many areas where we need innovation."

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Really?? I thought it was Vista SP1: Codename Fiji, which interprets the features of Longhorn Server into Vista.

But I could be wrong.

Where were these rumors even coming from? If Microsoft stopped making client OSs, they'd be cutting a big source of income, wouldn't they? Office, Visual Studio and all the other programs they sell run only on Windows. No more windows to run it on -> People will move to alternative OSs -> No more need for Microsoft products.

There was no way this could be true.

I think some fanboys (Apple ones) made this crap up - they think Microsoft is stupid enough to think that the corporate world is all they need to focus on.

Of course they'll continue to make a client OS. Although I remember reading awhile back that they planned on Vista being the last 32-bit OS and that it was designed to last for about 10 years.

But you gotta keep making OSes! You have to give something to do for all those 'Developers, developers, developers, developers, developers!'

http://www.ntk.net/media/developers.mpg

devHead

O_o Is that SWEAT?

OMG, now I can see why people think Ballmer is an idiot. When you act like that, it's an uphill climb to regain your sanity in the public's eye.

devHead said,
Of course they'll continue to make a client OS. Although I remember reading awhile back that they planned on Vista being the last 32-bit OS and that it was designed to last for about 10 years.

But you gotta keep making OSes! You have to give something to do for all those 'Developers, developers, developers, developers, developers!'

http://www.ntk.net/media/developers.mpg

devHead

Vista itself wasn't designed for 10 years, but rather its framework is designed for the next 10 years.

Ditto, be interesting bearing in mind the shift to 64-bit, and .net being the focal point of app development. Vista is an excellent OS, I believe however Vienna is supposedly revamping the UI to a new level, similar to the program manager -> start menu jump.

I personally feel there are enough new technologies in Vista to keep it steady for the next 5+ years though. Possibly see the introduction of WinFS in the next couple of years, however unless it is imposed on client installs, I can't see it being a big success. Alternatively it may be held off for Vienna? Who knows!

I'm not sure if WinFS will be that big of a deal with Vista already having the main features of that system -- indexed searches and custom tagging. I wish Vista would have a cleaner UI for custom tags though. Right now it's mostly just the predefined stuff that's easily accessible through Explorer. But this is not a non-WinFS limitation really, just something overlooked.

Tammm said,
Ditto, be interesting bearing in mind the shift to 64-bit, and .net being the focal point of app development. Vista is an excellent OS, I believe however Vienna is supposedly revamping the UI to a new level, similar to the program manager -> start menu jump.

I personally feel there are enough new technologies in Vista to keep it steady for the next 5+ years though. Possibly see the introduction of WinFS in the next couple of years, however unless it is imposed on client installs, I can't see it being a big success. Alternatively it may be held off for Vienna? Who knows!

I doubt it. It'll prolly be the same adoption that other server technologies has. Think 'Previous Versions' as an example.

Sitting alongside executives from some of Microsoft's most important partners--such as Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and Intel--Ballmer said there is plenty of room for innovation on the PC...

Ballmer actually sits in chairs?

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