There’s rarely a week that goes by where there hasn’t been some news about Windows. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer wasn’t able to dodge the courts as now he’s been ordered to testify in the class action Vista Capable case.
"I was not involved in any of the operational decisions about the Windows Vista Capable program," Ballmer initially said. But Judge Marsha Pechman believes that the Microsoft boss has unique personal knowledge of facts surrounding the case, and so, must face questioning.
So while Windows Vista is tweaking at Ballmer, now users get to tweak Vista. Remember Tweak UI? Some of you may still be using it, but those of us who are Vista Capable have gone without it for all too long. Last week saw the release of a big Vista tweaking utility, called the “Ultimate Vista Tweaker.” Unlike Tweak UI, it’s not a Microsoft project, but it’ll still get the job done.
What won’t be getting the job done is Microsoft’s Internet Explorer development team, at least not until next year. Microsoft plans to release one more test version of IE8 before releasing the final version of the new browser. The next "release candidate" won’t be available until Q1 2009, missing the company’s initial projection that the final product would hit PCs and Macs this year.
With Firefox being our browser of choice, and Google Chrome gaining favor amongst the renegades at our offices, we urge Microsoft to take as much time to make its browser a good one this time.