Windows Vista has been a tragedy on many levels for Microsoft. First, it was marked with compatibility issues and annoyances with its User Access Control feature that started a firestorm of epic proportions. But once those issues improved, Microsoft ran into an even bigger issue: it wasn't able to satisfy vendors, nor was it able to satisfy the geeks.
And that's where the biggest issue with Vista really is. The technology space is looked at by many in the mainstream as a higher-level industry that simply can't be understood by the average person. Software? Hardware? Huh?
Because of that, it's the geek that filters opinions and creates a trickle-down effect in the space. Let's face it--if you don't know what you're talking about and you know that your friend does, wouldn't you take their word for it at the least or verify what they're saying at the very most?
And when you verify what they're saying, you'll probably end up researching the topic by going to the countless blog posts and articles by experts in the field to decide if your friend is correct, right?
And what do you find there? A slew of stories written by geeks, for geeks. And throughout the past year, those stories written by geeks for geeks were littered with criticisms of Vista and countless reasons why the company made mistakes. Sure, there were some sites that came to its defense, but the vast majority of journalists took the opportunity to beat up on the OS.
So how did it get to the point where the Mojave Experiment became necessary? How did it get to the point where Microsoft was forced to concede that it was losing the PR game and it needed to tell the world about it?
You can blame it on the geeks and the trickle-down effect that makes the technology industry such a unique space.… Read more