That’s it. I’ve had enough. Today I draw a line in the sand with me and Windows XP on one side and Microsoft and any of its new operating systems—including Vista—on the other, for ever more.
What got me started on this—the reason for this pledge—is simple: Yesterday Microsoft said again (but I believe it this time,) that it will stop selling Windows XP in January, 2009. WHAT? Why on Earth would a company discontinue its most stable release yet? Simple. Because it wants to sell more copies of Vista, which in my (admittedly inexperienced but reasonably well-read) opinion is inferior.
Hey Microsoft, since you won’t be using Windows XP any more, why not contribute it the open source community? There’s obviously lots of people who still want to use it. But does that matter? Of course not.
For a company as successful as Microsoft, they sure act like they don’t know what they’re doing a lot of the time. And that’s especially true when it comes to user interface design. This fact was brought to the attention of Microsoft leaders by Gates in a letter to Jim Allchin (et. al.) dated January 15, 2003, proof the company has known that Windows was “an absolute mess” as were (and are) its Web sites for more than five years.
Now I’m no huge fan of Windows XP, but at least it’s relatively stable compared with prior versions. But the company’s flagship brand is still a mess. Vista isn’t being adopted as readily as Microsoft wanted, and from what I’ve read, it’s still a bit buggy and unstable.
If I’ve said this once, I’ve said it a thousand times: When will Microsoft scrap Windows all together build a new version from scratch? Apple has done it several times; Mac OS X is just the most recent; Systems 7 and 9 were major upgrades that didn’t look back.
Sure, there are a few bumps along the migration path with each successive upgrade, but they’re far outweighed by the benefits of the new operating system. And Apple always goes out of its way to include backward compatibility through stable emulation.
I’m not saying it anymore. Microsoft, you’re on your own. You won’t have Eddie Correia to get crash reports from anymore.