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Windows 3.1 Add Font Dialog Still In Vista

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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?

Windows 3.1 Add Font Dialog Still In Vista – Forums

No? How about a more common interface problem?

At least I’m not alone in my apprehension. Chris Prillo describes Vista as ‘lipstick on a pig‘, or the OS iteration of the Phantom Menace.

Not that it will matter. People who think cases like these are cool will buy it in droves because it’s cheap – or so we thought. Here are a few bits to mull over:

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?

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Written by Curt

January 23, 2007 at 6:11 pm

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  1. Microsoft is promoting Office 2007 alongside Vista, but it’s interesting to realize how very slow the business world is in implementing new technology. I read this article yesterday and can relate ( – the number of hours it takes in a workplace setting to get a handle on new tech is just unbelievable, given all the varying levels of competence among workers. Most workplaces don’t have Microsoft trainers on staff, so learning both Vista and a seriously redesigned Office 2007 will likely be too much for people right off the bat. It’s going to take years – five at least- to see how this pans out.

    As for me, I’m not likely to upgrade my Microsoft Office Specialist certification anytime soon; I think Open Office is the way to go. Open source and cross-platform, along with web-based apps like Google Doc, Spreadsheet, Calendar, etc….. that’s what I call People Ready.


    January 24, 2007 at 8:22 am

  2. At work we’re using Google online apps more and more in our daily collaboration and dissemination. It’s simplistic, but it’s free and instantaneous. I still love MS Office, but it’s not something we need as often anymore. As for Windows itself … if I can get to online applications via a browser via OS X or Linux, Windows isn’t necessary at all.

    the forester

    January 27, 2007 at 8:47 am

  3. microsoft windows vista ultimate upgrade canada

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