Over at CRN, a magazine and site dedicated to those dedicated to the sales and maintenance of computer hardware and software,  an article surfaced a couple of weeks ago, but was so ill-received, it makes the story it tells even more ironic.

The title was ‘Vista SP2 Release Looms, But Does Anyone Care?’ I must admit, I certainly don’t. Neither do any of my customers, as I told them that there was nothing worth worrying about in it. Time has shown that to be the case.

“I really see very little relevance in Vista SP2,” said Bob Nitrio, president of system builder Ranvest Associates. “Vista SP2 is too late to the party, and with Windows 7 on the horizon, I just don’t see how anyone would want to go to Vista at this point.”

This would be an excellent time for some of the transparency, that everyone has on their lips and in their minds these days, to come from Microsoft. A simple statement that, it knows Vista was and still is a big mistake, and that the Service Pack about to be released is more about what it will do for the server platforms that share the code, and really nothing to do with any ideas Microsoft has about turning around the entrenched ideas about Vista.

Lots of people are speaking about the idea that a Windows 7 upgrade should be free to those who bought Vista. Perhaps a nice flight of fancy, but it is not going to happen.

What might be a smarter move would be to give away Vista after the delivery of Windows 7. This just might get some Windows XP users to switch, and then possibly, in a few months time, those who have gotten used to the changes of Vista will decide to move to Windows 7.

It probably won’t happen either, as Mr. Ballmer doesn’t want to acknowledge that Microsoft gave it to the masses without the benefit of Vaseline, but it has a much better chance of happening than Windows 7 being free in the next few years. After all, Microsoft’s biggest problem is the state of happiness that XP users (71% of the market, according to Microsoft’s own statistics) are in.

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.Mark Twain
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