What Microsoft Execs Were Secretly Saying About Vista

Get a load of this.

I am a PC guy working in a MAC-heavy environment. I love PCs. But these MAC users are people skilled in digital media and new technologies who use it for a whole host of impeccably argued reasons. I mean, I work with people who actually futz with the inside and outside of their machine and write code.

Cool code-writers!

These are also people who know why — in exquisite detail — they don’t use a PC running on Windows.

I immediately thought of them today when I read Randall Stross’s amazing Digital Domain column in the New York Times. (Registration required) It turns out that Microsoft execs not only knew know that VISTA was a lemon, but that they were exchanging brutally frank emails about its mind-boggling lemonishness.

When you have studied and taught about rumor and urban  legend, you know that the miasma that is culture and the marketplace often has some pretty weird and ludicrous stuff circulating about various brands and products.

But the noise about a VISTA disaster wasn’t legend, wasn’t rumor.  And we know this now precisely because the very stratosphere of the Windows development and sales team was saying it.

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3 thoughts on “What Microsoft Execs Were Secretly Saying About Vista

  1. So how does this relate to some using a PC instead of a Mac? Just because Vista is a “Lemon” doesn’t mean that all PC’s are bad.

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  3. You couldn’t be more right.

    1) This doesn’t prove PCs are lemons. I use Windows XP on a few PCs and love it. 2) This doesn’t prove that PCs running any other operating system are lemons. And 3) It doesn’t mean that many people aren’t running VISTA successfully.

    What it does show is that many alleged VISTA problems weren’t so “alleged,” and that Microsoft top management more than anyone knew about these problems much earlier than they let on.

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