Hasta la VISTA, Baby!

December 1, 2006

If you remember that catch phrase made famous by Schwarzenegger’s Terminator 2 movie, you’ll remember it translates to something close to “Sayonara, Baby”.  I hate to say it, but Windows Vista might be the end of the line for Microsoft.

Microsoft just released its newest operating system Windows Vista after a long five year drought and with two years worth of delays. That doesn’t bode well for a product that represents the largest chunk of Microsoft’s revenue.

“Much is at stake for Microsoft. Most of its revenue and almost all of its profit comes from Windows and Office, funding the company’s sexier ventures in video games and music players.” – CNN

Most businesses will find it a daunting task to upgrade from their stable WindowsXP work-stations to Microsoft’s latest OS.  For the most part, it’s going to take time.  A lot of time.  Early adopters are going to have to upgrade all their work stations, test all existing software and drivers for compatibility, train employees on how to operate some of the new interfaces, fix all the incompatibilities encountered and even deal with the costly possibility of reverting back to their previous stable operating system.

Furthermore, if the time = money equation doesn’t hold true, there’s a lot more money to loose when you find Windows Vista running a little slow and you are in need of a hardware upgrade.

“While Microsoft specifies 1 GB of main memory (RAM), Nigel Page of Microsoft has indicated that 2 GB is the ideal configuration for 64-bit Vista which processes data chunks that are double the size of those for 32-bit Vista, hence requiring double the memory.” – Wikipedia

I’m not sure about you, but I’m not ready to jump on the band wagon on Microsoft’s newest operating system; at least not just yet.

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