It didnÃ¢â¬â¢t feel like anyone was really rooting for Vista last year. Seldom has a product been launched with such low expectations from industry observers Ã¢â¬â expectations that in some respects had little to do with the vendor or even the product itself.
On this, VistaÃ¢â¬â¢s anniversary, the occasion feels less like a cause for celebration but a ritual in self-righteousness on the part of those who want to prove how astute they were. IÃ¢â¬â¢m not going to bother, because VistaÃ¢â¬â¢s prospects werenÃ¢â¬â¢t that difficult to forecast. ItÃ¢â¬â¢s a crappy market for upgrades, especially operating systems. Companies are cheap. XP is still doing a decent job. Instead, why not explore an alternate scenario: What if Vista had taken the enterprise market by storm?
December 4, 2007