Brad Brooks, Microsoft Windows Vista, Vista SP1, and Windows 7

July 30, 2008

On the last Tuesday of every month, Onsite Computer meets with a few local Microsoft partners for lunch and laughter.  Yesterday’s topic du jour centered on the Microsoft Partner Convention in Houston at the beginning of July.  Based on our discussions with other partners at the convention, there were several topics that piqued the interest of those in attendance; however the Vista talk by Brad Brooks, Corporate Vice President of Windows Consumer Product, spawned a plethora of feedback from partners. 

Mr. Brooks’ speech included the announcement of several Vista marketing initiatives, including the inception of a $300+ Million Vista advertising campaign.  Additionally, Mr. Brooks reiterated messages that Microsoft delivered to the market during the past several months.  One message that generated a few smiles was Brooks’ contention that partners stopped believing in the release of Vista and did not prepare for its debut.  Mr. Brooks also commented that the Vista of two-years ago is very different from Vista SP1.

As a Microsoft Partner since the program’s inception, Onsite has lots of experience with new releases of Microsoft products, especially in a business environment.  Most partners learn through hard experience that the initial release of any Microsoft product is fraught with problems, mainly app and driver incompatibility.  Vista is no exception.  In discussions with other partners, everyone had reservations recommending new operating systems in a business production environment until the release of Service Pack 1.  

All of the partners at yesterday’s lunch contend the changing initial release date of Vista had little effect on their preparation for Vista’s launch.  Any partner with experience does not want to compromise their client credibility with the recommendation of software that is not ready for productive use.  Would Mr. Brooks risk a client relationship by recommending an initial release of software for use in a business production environment?  Many contend Mr. Brooks would wait for the release of Service Pack 1 before recommending new software.  By his own admission, the initial Vista release from two years ago is VERY different from Vista SP1.

Finally, yesterday’s lunch concluded with comments about the recommendation from Brooks that partners encourage clients to migrate to Vista today in preparation for Windows 7’s release at the end of 2009.  It will be interesting to note if any partners follow that logic from Mr. Brooks.  Some find it hard to believe Mr. Brooks would use such logic on his own clients.  Maybe Mr. Brooks is SLIGHTLY removed from the partner/client relationship. Stay tuned as the Vista saga continues.

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