Windows Vista: More Work in Progress

Today, Gartner analyst Michael Silver asked, "Will Vista be done by 30 January 2007?" His answer: "No." The question and answer might seem strange given that Microsoft released Windows Vista gold code in early November and launched the software for businesses on the 30th of that month. I called alarm about six weeks ago that Vista is really a work in progress. In his blog post, Silver raised similar concerns as Microsoft Watch readers--application compatibility and missing hardware drivers.

"The reality is that Microsoft could not have shipped Vista in November if real people were going to be using it en masse for real things right away," Silver asserted. "With consumers not getting Windows Vista until 30 January 2007, and most businesses just 'kicking its tires' (if that) over the holidays, Microsoft and the Windows ecosystem have an 11-week extension between RTM and actual use." The real situation, despite any Microsoft prognostications to the contrary, is that Windows Vista released in 2006 in name only. What's that adage about a tree falling in the forest and there being no one to hear?

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Vista will be in "beta" for the next 12 to 24 months. Windows XP didn't really shine until Service Pack 2 so I would assume the same for Vista.

theyre trying NOT to have updates or anything for a few months after launch.

i think they should just release it and then put all the updates on WinUpdate and have missing drivers up on the internet.

Driver support is still shocking and is unlikely to be any better by retail date.

ATI drivers are likely to be not feature complete, Nvidia doesn't look any better.

Where are my printer drivers from like pretty much every printer OEM?

I realise that this isn't MS's fault but OEM's need a big kick up the backside.

awgneo said,
ATI drivers are near perfect. nVidia really has to catch up. Printers... eh... definitely not Lexmark.

No support for crossfire
No video capture drivers
No opengl at all
No vertical sync

And then there's the graphical glitches in the games, like splinter cell double agent which is barely playable.

You call that near perfect?

Ah, right, because compatibility issues with third-party software is solely the OS makers problem and fault.
By his definition, there does no real finished OS exist, all OSes are WIPs. Why just pick on Vista? LOL

Lately I'm getting the impression it is a requirement for reviewers to be biased idiots.

Heck, he could have just said that Vista will continue to be a work in progress until the next version of Windows is released...and even longer than that.