On 11/14/06, DeLong, Eric <EDeLong@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Steve, Your statement was "MSFT is really good about maintaining backwards >compatibility".... This has NEVER been a focus of MS.... With MS, when they >come out with their next generation of development tools, one must either decide >to abandon their current projects and start again in the new platform, OR they >can just stay a a backlevel release and continue until MS drops support for their >version.
and I stand by it, Eric. What evidence do you have of a new release of Windows breaking old software? The drivers? I guess there are some because MSFT, to its credit, is not reluctant to rewrite core components of their OS. But vendors are given plenty of notice when changes like this are coming down the pike. IBM has probably had Vista for 12 months now, esp the technical specs. If they have not been able to test everything and assure their users that client access will work, then that is their fault. -Steve