Lately a lot of people have been talking about Vista lately. Some of it good, some of it bad, even folks like Mini-Microsoft are questioning the outcome so far. People are asking questions like “Why should I upgrade to Vista?”.
Its a good question, but to be honest, its not going to be the operating system itself that gets peoplt to upgrade, its going to be the applications, and specifically the applications that ONLY run on Windows Vista – right now there are precious few. Even Office 2007 isn’t a Windows Vista exclusive.
Love thy developers!
Once again the thing that is going to drive adoption of Windows is the legion of developers world wide producing niche applications who have decided to invest in a Windows Vista exclusive technology.
Vista is much more interesting from a software developers perspective because it bundles a whole bunch of technologies together removing setup dependencies along with the few unique features of the platform itself. While the adoption may happen slowly at first (adoption of Windows XP was slow as well remember) it will ramp up increasingly so as the aftermarket APIs begin to arrive from Microsoft and other vendors.