Microsoft Makes Vista Fixes Public
patches for Vista
that caused some confusion last week? Well, maybe they
weren't SP1 after all, because they're well
and truly out there
for anyone to download now.
And with Vista back in the news (as if it ever really left), let's go to the
vault for some reader e-mails.
David says that Vista's fine; it's other stuff that's screwing everything up:
"I wonder how much of the 'bad' Vista experience is actually Vista
versus the other programs that came out with it such as Office 2007 and Exchange
2007. I use Vista as my primary desktop at work (I am a member of my company's
group that is piloting the technology to better understand it before rolling
it out to the rest of the organization) and at home on a gaming computer.
Yes, there are some problems, but my overall impression is that the underlying
operating system is pretty solid and better Windows than XP.
"Some of the things I like are almost trivial, like hooking up to
an external projector, accessing a wireless network from my hotel room or
connecting to a printer. These things just work better. Things that aren't
working as well include authentication issues and redundant extra prompts.
Also, I still haven't figured out where everything has been relocated. Sometimes
it takes some hunting before I find a function I know is there.
"My biggest issues are with Office 2007. At first I thought it was
pretty good but the more I use it, the less I like it. It's more a usability
issue than anything else. I spend way too much time searching the ribbon bars
hunting for functions. I still haven't found the option in Word to make a
title page with vertically and horizontally centered text. Well, actually
I found it, but it won't enable me to select it. I'm sure that sounds pretty
stupid but the new ribbon interface isn't making the applications more useable
for me. On the other hand, I do like the new Outlook to-do bar.
"I think the whole Vista thing is much ado about nothing. Vista is
a whole new operating system. It's going to take a while to sort out the compatibility
issues. It is also going to require users and developers to do some things
differently than before. But on the whole, it is a significant improvement
over XP and a solid foundation to build upon."
We're with you on Office 2007, David. Trying to navigate it on a friend's laptop
the other night was like waking up to find that our familiar local newspaper
was suddenly being published in Farsi.
Greg's not so happy with Vista. In fact, he's flirting with the Penguin:
"I've used a lot of systems in my day. I'm not a self-proclaimed
guru, just a novice who knows how to 'Google' for the info or tips I need
with an OS. It is sad that Microsoft released Vista too early, especially
since Win XP was such a decent OS. Vista is great with a lot of eye candy
(what the limited computer users want). I know there are bugs and quirks from
all I've read online about Vista so I'll wait and bide my time while keeping
Vista on a test machine until all the bugs are worked out or until I'm confident
enough with the system to move to it fully -- which I probably will do anyway
in another month or so.
"Linux is the best OS I've seen to date and for me, because you have
to literally earn the right with the system to use this application or that
one. Linux is strong and well-protected, as well. My favorite is Ubuntu, and
I've noticed how much Vista looks like a few Linux distros as well as the
fact that Firefox, with its multi-tab ability, was out long, long before IE
7. Anyway, reading your article, I thought I'd give my 2 cents. Vista is still
a baby, so it will be about a year or so until the baby is stable enough to
walk (in my opinion). Vista shows some good promise and XP makes a great fall-back
when Vista decides to quirk out on you. Do like I do and either multi-boot
the two or have XP on your main, Vista on your tester and good, old Linux
on your laptop to rescue you when you need it. Thank you for time and your
Thank you, Greg (and David) for your thoughts. Anything else to add? Add it
Posted by Lee Pender on 08/09/2007 at 1:21 PM