Windows Vista celebrated its first birthday last week. In lieu of cake and candles, I've put together a list of some of the more memorable stories from the Microsoft OS's rather bumpy first year on the market.
Windows Vista celebrated its first birthday last week. In lieu of cake and candles, I've put together a list of some of the more memorable stories from the Microsoft OS's rather bumpy first year on the market.Beyond their individual significance, the following stories--taken together--create a picture of a product that's had more downs than ups in its debut season. Doubtless, Microsoft is hoping that Vista will do better in 2008 and avoid the 'terrible two's.'
The continued convergence of communications and information technologies and consumer demand for ever more sophisticated forms of digital entertainment will require operating systems with capabilities well beyond that offered by Windows Vista, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said.
Tech staffers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are warning professors and administrators at the school -- host to one of the country's most prestigious computer science departments -- not to upgrade desktops or laptops to Microsoft's new Windows Vista operating system because the software isn't yet ready for "productive and safe computing," according to an internal statement posted on MIT's Web site.
Citing concerns over cost and compatibility, the top technology official at the federal Department of Transportation has placed a moratorium on all in-house computer upgrades to Microsoft's new Windows Vista operating system, as well as Internet Explorer 7 and Office 2007, according to a memo obtained by InformationWeek.
Days after InformationWeek reported that the Department of Transportation has placed a moratorium on upgrades to Windows Vista, Office 2007, and Internet Explorer 7, the top technology official at the Federal Aviation Administration revealed that he is considering a permanent ban on the Microsoft software in favor of a combination of Google's new online business applications running on Linux-based hardware.
Users of Adobe System's digital publishing products, including Photoshop, InDesign, and Dreamweaver, will have to shell out for new versions of the software if they want to run them without glitches on Microsoft's new Windows Vista operating system, Adobe says.
Mac users who attempt to boot Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system on their computers by using a new version of Apple's Boot Camp partitioning software may encounter some problems, Apple has conceded.
Microsoft and other businesses headquartered in Washington State can't use Windows Vista-based PCs to pay their unemployment insurance taxes online because the operating system is incompatible with the state's electronic filing system, according to a bulletin published by the State of Washington Employment Security Department.
In the latest sign that Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system may be destined for less than overwhelming commercial success, a new InformationWeek survey has found that nearly one third of businesses don't plan on upgrading their computers to the much-hyped software.
A senior Microsoft official said the company has had few takers for modified versions of its Windows operating systems built to conform to European competition requirements. David Heiner, Microsoft's deputy general counsel, said "not a single PC manufacturer has chosen to license" the special editions of its operating systems, which are available only in Europe.
In a sign that Microsoft's latest operating system may be gaining traction among corporate users, company officials said Tuesday that Continental Airlines is in the midst of upgrading its computers to Windows Vista and will likely deploy between 7,000 and 10,000 copies of the software by year's end.
After a delay of several weeks, Microsoft has shipped a free add-on pack for buyers of its pricey Windows Vista Ultimate operating system -- utilities the company hopes will help reverse flagging interest in the software shown by some consumers and PC makers.
In the latest Mac versus PC ad, that put-upon Windows guy quietly concedes he's "downgrading" from Vista to XP. He may have good reason: new tests show that the older XP runs common productivity tasks significantly faster than Microsoft's newest operating system.
Microsoft has released a detailed roster of the contents of its forthcoming service pack for Windows Vista , and the list includes more than 300 hot fixes covering everything from data protection to video performance.
The agency that governs educational technology in the United Kingdom has advised schools in the country to keep Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system and its Office 2007 software out of the classroom and administrative offices.
A free software tool that promises to strip down the Windows Vista operating system -- which even some Microsoft officials have called "bloated" -- to a minimalist state is attracting big interest on the Internet.
So, did I leave anything out? What's your favorite 'Vista moment'-good or bad--from the past twelve months?
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