It was November 2006 and the final production bits of the long-awaited Windows Vista operating system were finally available for download. For Microsoft and the Windows faithful, it was a critical month.
After all, Vista was running late. Very, very late. Work on the OS had begun soon after the launch of Windows XP in 2001, but the project known as “Longhorn” was delayed by false starts, troubled development and unfocused management. Five years later, Vista delivered only partially on the early promise of Longhorn.
Now, a year after the “official” Vista launch in January 2007, there are critical lessons for developers about its troubled development and rollout. Those lessons offer a glimpse into the future of the Windows client and can provide useful insight for development shops.
Perhaps the most significant decision: Should development managers start tuning their applications for Vista-specific clients, or have the Internet and broad frameworks like .NET 3.0 made the question largely irrelevant? We look at where Vista has been and where it's going to find out.
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