So a hardware vendor has publically complained about Microsoft Vista. Of course, the basic complaint is that Vista has failed to boost hardware sales because it’s a no value added upgrade, but still it’s at least aiming the blame in the general direction.
It also illustrates the fact that even if the Dark Empire were a monopoly, it would still have competition — it’s own time-shifted self, the Dark Empire of the past. Of course, eventually people will have to upgrade, but the worse Vista is, the longer that process will drag out, even in the absence of viable alternative operating systems. The Dark Empire has already felt the crunch from releasing Vista years late in terms of revenue, having an excessively long adoption period on top of that will just make it worse. The problem, though, is that Microsoft may well not be capable of making the necessary improvements promptly. I have worked on large scale software projects and getting things turned around and improved is no simple matter of sending out an e-mail encouraging better code quality.
I just wonder how close Microsoft is getting to the old IBM state, where third parties would sell replacement parts for various bits of the operating system to make it work better, which IBM was structurally incapable of doing.