Friday, February 6, 2009

Windows 7 UAC and Whiney Press Complainers

I know what you're thinking: "Oh please, not another blog post about UAC and Windows 7?"

Yep.  It's another post on UAC and Windows 7

Here's a summarized rundown of Microsoft and security efforts:

Microsoft focuses for years on making their operating systems easy to use, even on tons of ambiguous hardware and thousands of drivers.

Hackers exploit the easiness and riddle it with holes

Microsoft puts out SP2 for XP to batten down the hatches.  They also issue boat-loads of guidance and assistance to vendors to prepare their drivers and software to work under the new scheme.

Vendors ignore the guidance.  Their drivers don't work on SP2 and they blame Microsoft.

Vendors, and media goons whine, bitch, moan and complain.  But they finally relent because they get a kick in the forehead and realize it was for THEIR own good.

Microsoft gathers feedback after XP SP2 and decides to start clean and build a new OS with security as part of the core design.  It becomes Vista.

Vendors and media goons whine, bitch, moan and complain.  UAC is too obtrusive, they claim.  "All this new security is making my life difficult".  Security without inconvenience, heh heh.  I'll bet these whiners are people that don't go through airports very often.

Microsoft fumbles the marketing game and blows opportunities that hamper Vista adoption horribly.

Microsoft regroups and goes back to the drawing board to design and build Windows 7.  UAC is relaxed a bit and adds controls to allow users to adjust it to suit their desires.

Vendors and media goons whine, bitch, moan and complain.  Not enough UAC?

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