The most disappointing software of 2007 ranked in reverse order from bad to worse are:
4)Virtualized Desktop PCs. With Apple Dual Boot and Microsoft Virstual Desktop languishing with no real follow-ons and the major PC hardware vendors unable/unwilling/unauthorized(?) to deliver any desktop virtual software as a supported offering from any of Microsoft, VMware or Xen – a real opportunity to see desktops alternatives was frittered away for another year.
2)Collaboration software such as Google Docs; IBM Notes/Sametime, etc; Microsoft Exchange , LiveDocs, and Sharepoint; Joomla, WordPress, and the PHP Bulletin boards; and Source Control Systems of every ilk are such a mishmash of overlapping functions, extortionate costs, proprietary features, and/or failed integration – its no wonder shared workspaces continues to be the missing link on the PC desktop. The result: there is room for a Collaboration Killer App because there is still a major missing link for Information at your Fingertips – only database integration is worse.
1)Vista, even after the soon-real-soon-anyday-now SP1 for Vista with 300 fixes(which will leave many software and hardware compatibility problems untouched) has to be the years No 1. disappointment. And even after the SP1 patch, compatibility and learning curve problems for Vista remain. Meantime almost all home desktop PC vendors have caved in and do not offer Windows XP for users who would like to use the tried and true Windows XP. And given there is a SP3 for Windows XP to appear roughly at the same time as Vista SP1 – this is a travesty second only to the persistent, bloated clumsiness that is Vista itself.