January 29th, 2007
Microsoft is hardly the only company to routinely claim that new products are historic breakthroughs. But there’s something almost poignant in retrospect about its claims that Vista would usher in a new era, transform the way people worked and played, and address the “needs and aspirations” of people worldwide. Vista–which was just an operating system, people–not only didn’t signal a new epoch for the people of planet Earth, but also failed to convince a lot of those folks that it was an adequate follow-up to Windows XP.
To complicate matters, this press release covers two entirely different, only vaguely related products, weirdly weaving discussion of them in a manner that seems to credit Vista with Office features and vice-versa.