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Timing and Vista Woes for the Mobile Warrior

James Kendrick has had enough. A master of mobile technology, he’s been working with Vista on more mobile devices than I can keep track of. He’s put up a pretty scathing post on jkOnTheRun stating that that in his opinion Vista will never run well on mobile devices and it is one giant step backwards. His long post is summed up nicely in this excerpt:

The whole Vista mobile experience is very unstable and that is unsettling to anyone who needs to get their work done, and get it done now. I don’t care how pretty the OS is or how much new sophisticated stuff is going on under the hood if it makes my performance unpredictable. That is such a big step backwards that you have to wonder how it can be fixed in the short term. I fear it can’t. Say what you will about Windows XP the one thing it is on mobile devices is stable. Rock-solid stable. Can anyone say that about Vista on mobile PCs? I have a very bad feeling about the immediate future of mobile computing on the Vista platform. And that hits me where I live.

He mentions many of the issues that have been well chronicled here on the pages and forums of GBM and elsewhere, like docking and undocking (Rob’s post about this yesterday stirred up a small firestorm) and echoes my experiences with UMPCs and Vista quite well. Anything with one of the newer “mobile

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