12,000 private testers received Vista SP1. Although there is much stir in the blogosphere and on the news sites about it, I must admit it isn't really that exciting since there are no revolutionary new features. More interesting is an interview at Channel9 with Mike Nash, corporate vice president in charge of Windows client operating systems product management. His interviewer, who is also a Microsoft employee, was cheeky enough to ask if Vista is a failure.
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His question was in relation to the bad press Vista has been getting since its release. Mike Nash responded in a quite relaxed way. In his view, many of those who are dissatisfied with Vista had problems with compatibility issues. When Windows XP came out there were not as many different hardware devices and not as many applications. So it takes longer now to make everyone adopt Vista.
I believe, even more important is that many changes in Vista are under the hood and therefore not so obvious. Microsoft changed the architecture of Windows fundamentally which makes it more reliable and secure. These changes will only pay off in the long run. I fully agree with Nash here. These facts are often neglected by Microsoft critics. If you are interested in this part of the interview, you can skip forward for about 15 minutes.
Of course they also addressed Vista SP1 and its changes in the interview. It is interesting to note that Nash admits that for bigger companies, it might make sense to wait for SP1 under certain circumstances.
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I should also mention that The Windows Team Blog has an experience report about Vista SP1. However, the experiences described there are more or less just the new features of Vista SP1 which has been known for some time already.