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Cogswell: Vista is Dead (And a Whole Bunch of Other Nonsense)

10-Apr-08 12:49 pm EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

A response to a DevSource blog article by Jeff Cogswell concerning the supposed decline of Microsoft Windows Vista:

I don’t rightly think anyone who knows how to make money in technology is seriously suggesting making software Vista-only is the way to go right now.  I do work for Microsoft myself and can state with some confidence that they aren’t expecting everyone to suddenly develop Vista-only applications.  The work I’m doing for them now certainly has earlier platforms in mind; as do many other projects currently in-progress.

Microsoft has a support cycle wherein it continues to offer support for its applications and development of brand new applications takes this into account.  Those support mechanisms are frequently extended and, taking just one product as an example – Commerce Server 2002 – security patches and updates will be offered until 2013!  (The support for the Vista track will likely be very similar, meaning supports will continue well into the next decade.) So I don’t really understand in what context Microsoft has "given up" on Vista, except that it <i>is</i> planning another OS release very soon which will add new features and functionality to a platform that is growing and will continue to.

Having said all this – there is certainly evidence to suggest that not everyone was happy with Vista’s production.  But to say that it’s compromised Windows’ future on the desktop is nothing more than rampant hyperbole at this point, in my opinion.  During the Vista debate, I recall there being questions about whether it was necessary to release another version of Windows on the heels of Windows XP (a very successful OS, by all accounts – and this writer should note Vista’s release so soon afterward was not an indication to the contrary).  At the very least if Vista was so terrible, then the fact that nobody wanted a new OS anyway would mitigate the loss of market share considerably.

Cogswell asked if developers were supporting Vista only, and the answer should and will be a resounding ‘no’.  However, adding supports for Vista is a really good idea for several reasons – not the least of which is that if Windows 7 is released soon, you can bet that the features in Vista will persist into the next iteration of Windows.  Supporting those features now only adds longevity to your app, and I’d expect the feedback we see here to reflect this.

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