Anyone who says Vista was not a total mess was simply not paying attention. While it is accurate to point out that Vista shaped up well enough toward its most recent SP release, Vista’s initial release was TERRIBLE.
And now we see Ballmer sort of admitting this, on the coattail of the successful Windows 7 release. Honestly, I cannot say that I blame him for waiting. After all, why admit that a product release stinks until you have the better option ready go?
The one take away from the ComputerWorld article that I think really hits the nail on the head was the point about what Vista was designed to do. Vista was too much hype and not enough follow through. Poorly executed, it tried to do entirely too much. In a single release.