Friday, July 31, 2009

Sitting here in limbo

We recently found a use for an old XP laptop. I took it out of the closet and began updating the OS, Browser(s),applications and utilities (AV). All went well till I looked for OS updates. 'Naturally' you can not install XP updates via Firefox or Chrome, so I dutifully went to the IE download site. At the site, I was exposed to MSFT's strong Silverlight push as it took a few minutes to find the link to only download IE8.

While IE8 was (is) downloading, I have updated:

Firefox
Chrome (new install)
AVG (new install)
Adobe reader update
Quicktime update

No wonder analysts are so deeply concerned that Yahoo has just 'sold' their most important infrastructure component, for zero cash upfront.

Note to MSFT....in a world where switching costs have dramatically been reduced, please be very careful about the migration path to Windows 7. I've been to the Apple store for purchases now three times in the past 6 months. You will note that entry level 15" Macbook is sold out....purely a reflection of the great Apple experience, coupled with a cavalier disregard for newly empowered users.

Please do better.

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