No Such Thing as a Final Product Anymore

In a post from Microsoft’s Jim Allchin, he compares the Windows Vista RTM and the Windows XP RTM, comparing the number of drivers released on the “final product”, 19,500 for Windows Vista and 10,000 for Windows XP, over 11,000 when Vista went to RTM and only 2,000 when XP went to RTM. Windows XP is one of the finest operating systems I have used, the only times I have had a system lock up is when installing a new driver, and usually going and grabbing the latest edition takes care of that little problem. XP is solid, if Vista is anywhere near as good as XP, I will be happy, although I’m sure I will end up cussing it occasionally, as problems with other software packages arise. I can see using XP well beyond the day Microsoft stops supporting it, because even if they do quit, or when they do quit updating it, with just a few precautions, I can see my kids running it on their computers for a long time.

While we worked hard to get a comprehensive set of drivers on the DVD prior to release-to-manufacturing (RTM), the magic of Windows Update and Automatic Updates makes this “frozen in time” distribution problem basically a non-issue. For Windows Vista we are excited to have over 19,500 device drivers on the Windows Vista DVD (in contrast to just 10,000 for Windows XP when it shipped). The number of device drivers is really a small way of looking at it, since each driver can usually support numerous actual different device models. Indeed, sometimes a single driver can support hundreds of different models, as often is the case with video drivers. But, what is even more significant is that at the RTM for Windows Vista, we already had an additional 11,700 device drivers on Windows Update compared to just 2,000 for Windows XP when it RTM?d in 2001. And while we will have significantly more drivers online by official availability, we will continue to add more drivers even after the launch. Because of the improvements in Automatic Updates for Windows Vista, users that choose the recommended setting for Automatic Updates will have the latest drivers installed and available when they add a new device.

While it may go without saying, I also recommend that you take the default setting for Automatic Updates when you setup Windows Vista so that you also get recommended updates. That’s the best option for getting the best experience in my view. Source: Windows Vista Team Blog

Of course you should always update when it asks, the only updates that piss me off are the ones that pop up and say they are rebooting unless you stop it, those can really screw you up, if you have unsaved documents open and it shuts down, you’re hosed.

I thought about making a separate post for this, but, nah. Saw a post on Robert McLaws Windows Now website, called The Worst Windows Vista Review Ever, so I assumed he was reviewing it, but he was referencing a post from PCWorld by Stephen Manes called Full Disclosure: Windows–New! Improved! Yada Yada Yada! with the tagline Every Microsoft upgrade sets a new standard–in hype.

Well, I will agree with Robert, this guy is already complaining about Windows Vista and all he has ever seen are videos, he has seen the demos and read the propaganda and first looks. Talking about how you will be tearing your hair out figuring out the new features, Yada, Yada, Yada, as he says in his title. I can understand being skeptic, but how can you complain about something you haven’t seen yet?

Less time “shutting down the PC”? To this day my XP machines often hang until I hold down the physical on/off switch awhile. A Windows that goes 90 days without a single crash? Yeah, right. Hey, XP won’t go even a month without a forced reboot to install security fixes!

Apart from Microsoft hype, one thing never changes when the latest version of Windows arrives: the time you have to waste coping with the peccadilloes of the new regime. Will the upgrade really deliver productivity increases that let you get that time back? Not bloody likely.

He most have done something to his copy of XP, as I never have trouble shutting down or rebooting or lockups at all, and I think most people are the same. Every pc in our house runs XP and we never have any trouble at all. Might be time for a reload Steve. I read some of his other posts, and all he does is complain about stuff, every post seemed negative. If he hates computers so much, maybe it’s time for a job change?

Oh, and another post by Robert says that Microsoft is giving Windows Vista beta testers free copies of the Business or Ultimate editions to “any invited technical beta tester who submitted a bug. Period.” So, if you submitted one bug, you get a free copy. Sounds pretty cool and much better than what the Office 2007 beta testers got, he said they got the shaft, so I don’t know if that means they got nothing or some other crap.