Intel and Windows XP

It’s very funny how the tongues wag about some things. Several sources reported that Intel is staying with Windows XP, and along comes Ed Bott, of ZDNet, Vista’s chief apologist, with the news that Intel was this way during the transition of Windows 2000 to XP – they waited quite a while before moving to the new operating system.

Well, that is not really news. As Mr. Bott states, large companies frequently wait to adopt a new operating system. It’s a big step – and an especially big one when things aren’t so smooth.

I’m not sure how many people who read his articles get the underlying message; Windows Vista is great, and you’re all dummies for not buying in right now.

Just today there is another update for Vista SP1, to alleviate some problems that should have been taken care of by the release of Service Pack 1. Rather than go on with the usual rant about Vista, it is more important to ask why Microsoft can’t get it right – why there is always something to be fixed. I’m not talking about exploits, as you can’t help but have those – the people who try to exploit the holes in any operating system are trying their best to cause trouble, and like anything made by humans there are going to be difficulties. No, the problems fixed are partly fixes for how its own software doesn’t work right with the OS. How can it be that there are still problems when Microsoft controls both ends of the equation?

The Bott article ends with his thought that Intel must know when ‘7’ will truly be released, as it has great knowledge of the progress of the ‘new’ operating system. Of course they do, just as Microsoft has always had inside knowledge of the next generation of Intel processors, so that Microsoft code can fully exploit any new features.

This revelation of what we should already know is more of the problem that the Microsoft press machine causes (and make no mistake, I fully believe Mr. Bott to be part of the Microsoft FUD machine). The machine that vacillates between the stories of ‘adopt now’ and ‘just you wait until 2009’ for all the public, is making sure that either way Microsoft wins.

For all the blathering about the greatness of Microsoft, no one, inside or out, is telling us why it was so important that XP be discontinued (now). That is a question I think we would all like to know.

Quote of the day:
The only paradise is paradise lost. – Marcel Proust

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