Its been a while since I bashed Microsoft, mostly because I don’t pay attention anymore. However, every once in a while a statement comes from Microsoft that is so ridiculous in my opinion that I just can’t resist. Its almost like they write this stuff just to tempt me to mock them –
Here is a nice quote by Kevin Turner the COO at Microsoft –
“We’ve talked a lot about compatibility, we don’t need to talk as much about compatibility anymore, we need to talk about the fact that, look, what Vista is, its the most secure product in the history of operating systems on a desktop. It is more secure today than Apple Leopard, or XP, or Linux, or open source. We built this product to engineer in security on the front end, not as a service pack. As a result of that, we tightened down things like user account controls. Yes, it required a lot of compatibility upgrades and fixes, but you know what, it’s important that you understand the progress, and you’re able to articulate that, and fewer patching is what all customers want, and there’s a cost savings there. Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 delivers that.”
Now I put this out to you – Is there ANYONE on the planet that believes that Vista is MORE secure than OSX or various flavors of linux based operating systems? Anyone…. Anyone… In addition, last time I checked “linux” was a kernel not an operating system, and “open source” is a concept for software freedom and distribution not an operating system. I’ll just remember that Microsoft “told me” that Vista is more secure the next time I have to fix one of my kids computers that got turned into a zombie AGAIN just for visiting some website.
He also talks about compatibility as if they’ve solved the issue? Does he even use Vista? Vista should either break compatibility in the name of stability and security OR it should maintain compatibility at the expense of stability and security. Instead its backwards compatibility isn’t great and neither is its security, and ESPECIALLY not its stability.
This is Microsofts COO talking?! When you have have a tree this big and this rotten you don’t prune anymore, you simply chop it down and start over. Microsoft could simply admit where they have issues and work to fix them. Customers don’t like that, but at least they UNDERSTAND it. Instead Microsoft will scream at you over and over that the sky is green not blue. Spinning, PR alerts, and bald faced lies just don’t work anymore.
Ahh… I feel much better now.
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