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The Future Of Mobile Tech: Next Year's Notebooks Will Be Worth Waiting For

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InformationWeek Daily - Tuesday Sept 4, 2007


Editor's Note

Five Things Microsoft Should Fix In Windows Vista Service Pack 1

Having long taken the position that there are many things which need to be fixed in Vista, I'm happy to see Microsoft is at work on a beta of Service Pack 1 for Vista. On the other hand, an examination of Redmond's documentation reveals that there may some significant shortfalls when SP1 ships in early 2008.

As Microsoft explains in their Vista Team Blog:

SP1 will contain changes focused on addressing specific reliability and performance issues we've identified via customer feedback, supporting new types of hardware, and adding support for several emerging standards. SP1 also makes additional improvements to the IT administration experience. We didn't design SP1 as a vehicle for releasing new features; however, some existing components do gain enhanced functionality in SP1.

While those words might warm the cockles of a sysadmin's heart, they won't do much for consumers looking for fixes for the OS's lingering annoyances. I might point out that it's those consumers who currently constitute Vista's main user base; enterprises have been slow to move off of Windows XP, mainly because of the extra hardware expense--more memory and a better graphics card--required by Vista-capable systems.

In fairness, consumers aren't being left out in the cold. Buried amid a Vista white paper are lots of welcome details, which put some meat on the bones of Microsoft's promises:

  • Device driver improvements;
  • Better applications compatibility;
  • Faster copying and extracting of files;
  • Improved performance of Internet Explorer 7;
  • Improved reliability in networking configuration scenarios; and
  • Increased compatibility with many printer drivers.

    All good stuff, and I'm grateful to Microsoft. However, when I compare the list of fixes coming in SP1 to the list of fixes I asked for in my blog post Top 5 Things About Windows Vista That Still Suck and things that still, er, stink, Part 2, I'm not quite as pleased.

    For details about those items, and other Vista issues that need to be addressed, check out the longer version of this post, here.

    Alexander Wolfe
    awolfe@cmp.com
    www.informationweek.com

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