Vista Interoperability Problems

By Ericka Chickowski  |  Posted 2008-10-28 Print this article Print

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Vista Interoperability Problems

One of the biggest beefs users and analysts have had with Vista is its nagging interoperability problems, early issues with device drivers and other legacy problems. For example, Didio herself had to get a new printer that would work with her Vista system.

“I’m just a microcosm of the typical user. What happens in an office environment where you have  1,000 people, 10,000 people or even 100 people?” she asks. “Even in an SMB with 100 people in the office, you’re going to have four or five printers. What if you suddenly have to replace those? In this economy, businesses are not willing to spend one extra penny if they don't have to.”

According to Thurrott, Microsoft is still battling a Vista perception problem. At this point many of the integration issues have been worked out, but Microsoft can’t shake the bad rap. He believes the criticism may be a bit harsh, considering what Microsoft really did with the OS.

“People don’t appreciate what a major change that Vista was because most of those changes occurred under the hood,” he says. “If you’re a Windows XP user, it’s not hard to pick up Vista; everything is in the same basic place: the start button, the task bar, the desktop and the windows. Maybe they look a little different, but they work in similar fashion to the way they did in XP, so you look at those things and you say: ‘Well, this is like XP, so what’s the big deal?’ But they implemented some major architectural changes in Windows Vista that harmed compatibility.”

Thurrott says the perception problem is changing, though. “I’ve seen something that’s almost universal: People who don’t use Windows Vista tend to have very negative feelings about it, but people who do use it actually like it quite a bit,” he says.


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