Windows 3.1 Add Font Dialog Still In Vista
Aside from a growing reluctance to deal with MS’ often poorly concived and executed software, I long ago suspected that Vista wasn’t going to be any fun. Even if it is very shiny.
What can one say about this, for example?
No? How about a more common interface problem?
Common retail price for Windows 95: $89.95
For Vista: Depends on user configuration. Upgrading a PC from Windows XP would cost as little as $99 for Vista Home Basic edition, up to $259 for Vista Ultimate. Suggested retail prices for those versions range from $199 to $399.
Number of lines of code in Windows 95: 11.2 million
In Vista: 50 million is a commonly cited figure, but Microsoft refuses to confirm that officially.
Approximate number of Windows 95 programmers: 200
For Vista: More than 2,000, according to one Microsoft developer’s blog, but Microsoft also won’t confirm that.
Too many chefs is a problem here, but the bigger underlying issue is that the PC/business world’s sense of design was stillborn long ago. It was once a given that a PC was the best buy. Is that still true when you can use web apps for simple stuff and Open Office for more substantial jobs – and share those files easily?