Ballmer calls Windows Vista "a work in progress"

By on April 18, 2008, 6:14 AM
With PC users clamoring for Microsoft to continue to support Windows XP, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s comments regarding Vista being “a work in progress” doesn’t seem to help the company in its quest to instill confidence in the OS and get more businesses and consumers to upgrade – but at least he’s telling it how it is.

At the Most Valuable Professionals conference in Seattle, Ballmer said he is well aware of the problems caused by the wide time gap between the launch of XP and Vista, reiterating that Microsoft won’t again take five years to come out with a new operating system.

Even though he said a lot of customers are now using Vista, he went on to cite the need for further improvements in system performance, compatibility and battery life, and appeared to be open to a discussion about how long XP should be available. Ballmer spoke about a few other key areas that the company will focus on in the near future including virtualization, search, and hosted services.




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windmill007 said:
You can say that again..How about start over..Might be quicker
fullmetalvegan said:
I like Vista just fine, no problems with it, so for me 'a work in progress' can only mean it's going to get better.I personally didn't like XP much, was absolutely horrid till SP2 came out, and even then it was nothing to write home about. I gladly made the switch to Vista and love it.^_^
canadian said:
Honestly, I kinda want some more features. I dont care if they add to "bloat" I just want a few new features I can go "cool" to, and use to enhance my Windows experience
9Nails said:
Vista massively improved the security of the computer. But this really should be the foundation of a next generation OS, and not the selling point. I'd like more features too! I'd like Paint improved, I'd like spell check in Notepad/Wordpad/Outlook Express, I'd like to see Movie Maker and Media Center opened up to read/play other formats, I'd like Compressed Folders to open .RAR files, and last but not least I'd like a better FTP client.
phantasm66 said:
Windows in general is a work in progress. Nothing wrong with that. Its not called software "development" for nothing.
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