You Feeling the Wow?

04Feb07

Windows Vista, the successor to our old pal, Windows XP, has been officially released. And Sunidhi Chauhan is going to sing the official song of Windows Vista India Launch – Wow is Now. Apparently, you are supposed to feel the heat and get all excited about it.

But does a launch of this magnitude create any excitement anymore? Ten years ago, Windows 95 was the biggest launch in the history of an operating system. Shops were open at midnight for consumers to buy their first copy of the new revolutionary operating system that would forever change the face of personal computing. And those were the days when the Internet was just beginning to be a phenomenon (actually, a nuisance for Microsoft which believed in shrink-wrapped software until then), with hardly a high speed connection to be found.

Today, although Vista is great for many reasons, I would be surprised if it generated half the excitement as Windows 95. Simply because the world is a much different place today. It’s better connected. Windows is a daily routine. Start, Programs, Accessories, Lock, Login, Shutdown are all household words. You check your mails every morning as regularly as you brush your teeth. This is the days of Mobiles, PDAs, Tablets, Blackberries and iPods. And a brand new Operating System is just another new box nicely piled on the Computer aisle.

Vista was plagued with difficulties right from the moment Microsoft came up with an initial list of planned features, way back in 2001. After a two year delay (it was originally planned for 2005), only half of those features found their way into the final product. And many of those make sense only to the technically inclined people, while for the layman it’s all about the fancy graphics and the many interesting goodies.

Some features were dropped because Microsoft was trying to innovate too much in too little time, and others because of the various lawsuits which forced Microsoft to release a version called Vista N for the European Union, otherwise, and more popularly, known as “the version for EU that nobody will use, pay the same price and get less. And no Media Player!”

But despite its delays and shortcomings, Vista is certainly worth paying attention to. There may not be many reasons to get rocking or punch the air, but we do have something nice and better to work with. And the song, in Sunidhi’s voice, is pretty decent as well.

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3 Responses to “You Feeling the Wow?”

  1. You said it … Windows is a part & parcel of everyone’s life now … “ Windows is a daily routine. Start, Programs, Accessories, Lock, Login, Shutdown are all household words. You check your mails every morning as regularly as you brush your teeth.” … yup, everyone surely checks the mails – every morning, & then 3 or more times later in the day. As for brushing the teeth …. Hmmm ! :-)

  2. So that’s what you’re planning as my Valentine’s gift ;)

  3. 3 Kishore

    Taks,
    ha..ha.. :)

    San,
    You getcha whatever you want!


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