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Vista Will Die in Four Years

Notes from ClifNotes, Nov 2007, permalink Windows Tips


From Clif:

Once again, MS Mole surfaces and speaks to our friend Bill. What evil lurks in the dark underground passages of Redmond? Only the Mole knows.


An MS Mole report From Bill Allin:

Continuing its reign of silence enforced by threat, Microsoft labours on as if nothing is wrong within the empire.


No one at MS is prepared to admit that the next operating system after Vista has the working name Windows 7 (no doubt based on the fact it's the seventh incarnation of the NT kernel) or that the new OS will be named publicly in January or February, 2008. Nor is anyone prepared to admit that the failure of the scrupulous research that produced the name Vista resulted in so much backlash that the next MS operating system may well be dubbed with some snappy name like Windows 2009.


Microsoft is also reluctant to admit that the supported lifespan of Vista will end in a little over four years (five years total lifespan). Only two versions of the dozens in circulation (business related ones) will be supported beyond 2011.


Talk around the shop says that future MS operating systems will be supported for no more than three years. That's three years including the first year, when the new systems are still working out their bugs. Vista will be more reliable when its first Service Pack emerges in January, a full year after it went public.


Unbeknownst to most Vista users, Service Pack 1 is being doled out, bit by bit, with each successive Update Tuesday. Mole says that by the time Vista SP1 rolls out officially in January, Vista users will already have about 90 percent of its content.


No one at MS has anything to say about Automatic Updates being turned on with each successive manual update from Microsoft Updates. AU is turned on by default with each MS update with certain files, but not all. Unless you want to risk the possibility of installing defective updates you should turn off Automatic Updates after each MS update. HINT: MS usually has its monthly updates problems solved about two or three days after each Update Tuesday.


By the time Vista Service Pack two hits the streets, it will be unwise to turn off Automatic Updates. Doing so might shut down the system. AU by that time will be an integral part of the self-healing process of Vista and the system will not allow consistent running without its self-healing feature in place. (There is almost no support among MS earthlings--who must fix MS problems--for this level of control by Microsoft.)


Though Microsoft has reluctantly admitted in the past that Defender catches a meager 35 percent of malware in the field (that has not improved in recent months), it continues to push its resellers to sell Defender and the many add-ons to Internet Explorer 7. That's "push" as in threaten.


Many of Microsoft's key resellers are so unhappy about their association with the empire that one of two things may happen: a revolution (uprising) or they will simply jump ship and abandon Microsoft completely. (MS will not allow "partial" association.) The latter is more likely and has happened in several notable cases. This could mean that it will become progressively harder to find someone to fix your computer if it breaks down.


Asking Microsoft to repair a MS product beyond its warranty period is inviting the corporation to charge you $300 or more per hour for online service.


Have you wondered why so many computer manufacturers are putting out cheap versions of their boxes? Now you know, it's a market ready to explode. Computers are about to be as throw-away as cell phones and digital cameras. Instead of one desktop PC, many of us will soon have several smaller computer devices that will run fewer applications each and will be trashed when something goes wrong.


Creators of other operating systems (including those not yet public) are hyperventilating at the prospect.



Bill Allin


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