Did Microsoft's Security Focus Hurt Vista Adoption?

Microsoft's emphasis on improvements to security features in Windows Vista may have undermined business adoption of the OS, as many business and enterprise customers are still holding off on upgrading to the OS nearly a year after its release to them.

Microsoft spent a good deal of time and money to ensure Vista's security after Windows XP and applications running on it proved susceptible to devastating worms like Blaster, Slammer and MyDoom. Though Microsoft released Windows XP Service Pack 2 to remedy some vulnerabilities, the company decided that security would be a top priority for the next major Windows release, said George Stathakopoulos, general manager of Microsoft's Response and Product Centers. "The security part of Vista was talked about a lot because it was a primary concern all over the world," he said.

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My only issue with UAC is that it's not implemented thoroughly. In places where I get an access denied (saving to protected directories, issuing commands in cmd prompt, etc), I should have a prompt instead.

The real problem for UAC is taht the way software programs are being deployed, almost any type of application requires UAC prompts, so people are trained to click yes everytime without ever reading what the prompt is asking them.

MS did blow some things out with UAC like moving/pasting shortcuts in the Start Menu. Normally you need UAC for this, why the heck? other than this, i think it was right to build it.

I never use UAC but mortals needed it for their own sake.

From every "normal" (nontech) person I know that Ive asked, the reason is that Vista just seems too different...mostly navagationaly. The breadcrumb UI is going over like a ton of bricks. Thats what I'm hearing from almost everyone I ask that has tried Vista and hates it.

What's wrong with the breadcumb UI? I prefer that over the old the address bar. Sure beats having to make several clicks to go back several folders.

Another idiot article. Like I hear all the time about people not choosing Vista because it's too secure...

I can almost guarantee you that most people will click yes, not knowing why they care clicking yes (clicking on it to get rid of the box) when UAC comes up.

I've been using Vista HP since shortly after it came out. One of the issues I have is that some of what appear to be networking services are slower than their counterparts in XP and cause a hold up on other services when the computer is turned on or rebooted. Besides that, I believe Vista would have deserved the whole "wow" thing if they would've found a way to keep the security, but do away with UAC.

Is there anybody out there that thinks MS will ever get it right? Actually, I have to give them credit. They do a very good job on security. It's the idiots out there that are constantly working on breaking it, that they'll never keep up with.

And if they didn't focus on security, it'd ALSO put people off. They're pretty damned either way, I think, simply because you just can't please everyone.
Not that made much of a difference to Apple, who still claims it's not secure and now it's just less user friendly.

It was overkill in security that is hurting Vista. UAC is way too annoying to use (Not like in Linux where it is far less annoying). Plus there is the farce of WPA and WGA that is a great insult to M$' customer base and doesn't work at all.

Foub, it isn't Microsoft's fault, it is developers that require elevated priviledges. Go install Google Talk http://talk.google.com That requires zero elevation to install an instant messaging program, that is how it should be. Live Messenger, Pidgin, Yahoo, they all prompt but they do not need to. I like UAC, it allows me to actually run as a limited user, thus I do not believe I need an anti virus, I've been doing it for a while and haven't gotten burned yet, and I bet you and many others could do the same.

http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/000803.html

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Foub, it isn't Microsoft's fault, it is developers that require elevated priviledges. Go install Google Talk http://talk.google.com That requires zero elevation to install an instant messaging program, that is how it should be. Live Messenger, Pidgin, Yahoo, they all prompt but they do not need to. I like UAC, it allows me to actually run as a limited user, thus I do not believe I need an anti virus, I've been doing it for a while and haven't gotten burned yet, and I bet you and many others could do the same.

http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/000803.html


I don't have any of those problems. I'm running Ubuntu and that only has it where it is actually needed, not on just about every key stroke under Vista.... Remember that Apple ad about UAC? Well, it was one that actually get it right.