I am finally back from my latest business trip. Carrying two laptops on every trip is getting really tiring. I had been wondering if, like many Mac fans out there, I had lost my perspective and were just unreasonably critical of Microsoft recently - after all, Windows is not really that bad, or is it?
Then, I see that yet again, Windows Vista has been delayed to early 2007. My problem is not that Windows XP is bad, my problem is that Windows XP is old. Microsoft has failed to update its leading OS for 5 years, and it looks like we will have to wait even longer until Vista is released.
5 year release cycles in a growing industry is just unacceptable. It works great for large corporations w/ thousands of PCs where the PC is just a necessary tool to run their business; but it fails miserably in the consumer market - where innovation and technology changes are frequent. Think about it -- where was digital photography when Windows XP launched? Where was digital music? Search? Web? e-commerce? etc...
Windows has failed to keep up with the latest technology trends in the consumer space -- that's the key reason that I switched to OS X last year.
I guess I will continue to carry two laptops with me, at least until I can reliably dual-boot Windows on my Mac laptop.