But now the jig is up on both counts. Information Week is the first major IT Trade Press to call a busted flush… well, a busted flush. In two articles by John Foley, Aaron Ricadela and Information Week staffers, Windows Vista: The Last Supersized Operating System and Windows After Vista:Radical Surgery, Aaron and crew are calling for radical surgery to Vista. Not quite what one would expect for a new product yet to be rolled out. But the unspoken consensus among industry watchers is now getting ink. And Windows Bloat Clot and Rot are getting major play along with delay, how much backward compatibility, and “whats-new-?” calls for more secure software.
So now that the ice jam is broken with a comprehensive analysis of Windows Vistas problems, I suspect the rest of the trade press will start to come around and debate the issues more fully and objectively. Iweek has dared to raise the issue that Vista is really not Web 2 ready with the various Lives being knee jerk, rush-overnight reactions to Google, Yahoo and others better laid plans. Whether anybody dares to report on Microsofts deliberate efforts to sabotage Web standards both internally and in most Web products delivered by 1 Microsoft Way remains to be seen.
Information Week has paid a price. After averaging 2-3 full page Microsoft ads per month throughout the Summer, the September 4th issue has none. We will be watching the next few issues to see if that trend continues. Meantime, just for interests sake, guess who has gone from 2-3 to 7 full page ads in Information Week?
I am not telling – listen I am too busy, I have to find a new kicking horse.