Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Windows XP SP3 + Other Stuff....

Rather than making this a simple post about wanting to become more active in my blog, I'll put some meat and potatoes behind this post, and rant like I usually do.


If anyone's been following the current tech news, they'll know the debacle with Windows XP Service Pack 3. Granted I can understand Microsoft's strategy behind wanting to prolong the release of the thing in order to drive more users to Vista SP1, but they need to understand at this point that a lot of people are on XP because they WANT to be, not because they just failed to update, or not noticed that Vista is out. We'll pull example from Windows 98 -> ME -> 2000 -> XP. Consumer Windows users, the Average Joe who doesn't care what they're running, as long as it works, have never really caught whim of Windows 2000, it was an incredible OS, but it was mainly geared towards business users.


The point I'm trying to make is that, all OS upgrades since Windows 1.0, has had the bloat feel. Windows 98 users, who couldn't stand Windows ME, stayed with XP due to pretty much the same reasons many XP users refuse to upgrade to Vista. Unstableness, driver issues, irritating additions (subtraction even, as with the removal of native DOS), and so on. There will always, ALWAYS, be that feel of bloat with any Windows upgrade, that's just the way it is. Then the product stays out in the wild, more people user it, more hardware distributors create drivers for it, and the OS becomes more stable. This quickened with the implementation of Service Packs with Windows NT 4.  Granted Average Joe consumers only got a feel for Service Packs in XP, since NT4, and 2000 were both business OS's.


I'm already seeing this with Windows Vista, granted there is a bit of bitterness, but for me it's time to move on and say farewell to Windows XP. Perhaps I fell into the ploy that Microsoft was trying to play with delaying SP3? Honestly, No, SP3 was RTM'd when I felt it was time for a final upgrade. I had an irritating time with nVidia drivers, but that's for another post at a later time.


The topics I tried to get at here was Microsoft, with delaying SP3 a bit to get Vista SP1 more exposure, probably didn't give them the results they were looking for, despite how well the OS is selling, it's still not doing half as well as XP, and probably never will, XP was THE perfect OS. There is honestly no doubt in my mind that Vista will take it's place with stability, it's just not it's time yet, and I'm holding out hopes that they've learned their lesson with Vista and put what they've learned into Windows 7. We'll just have to wait and see.

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