Steve Ballmer’s Biggest Regret: Windows Vista

Mary-Jo Foley got 15 minutes with Ballmer (as well as a number of other reporters), he talked about his biggest regret:

Oh, you know, I’ve actually had a chance to make a lot of mistakes, and probably because, you know, people all want to focus in on period A, period B, but I would say probably the thing I regret most is the, what shall I call it, the loopedy-loo that we did that was sort of Longhorn to Vista. I would say that’s probably the thing I regret most. And, you know, there are side effects of that when you tie up a big team to do something that doesn’t prove out to be as valuable.

Source: Mary-Jo Foley

  • donzebe

    Nothing to regret about Steve, you did your best it did not work as you wanted but it let to other great ideas.

  • Shane Lee Mayer

    Vista was actually the first MS OS I loved. I went from 98SE to XP and constantly had issues and crashes. When I got Vista it was stable, I never once had any issues. And it was beautiful with Aero and Glass. I never could understand the Vista backlash.

    • surilamin

      I don’t think he regrets the product itself, but the path the company took to get there.

      • Guest

        Exactly. LH to Vista cost them five years that they never really recovered from. By the time they finally got that back on track with W7, the industry had started shifting under their feet and OEM loyalty was already waning. The result was a good upgrade stream for W7, but then another three year delay to make Windows fit this new world via W8. OEMs meanwhile went with Android, and W8 has fallen far short of what MS needed.

    • koenshaku

      Vista was long in the making and it was as it turns out made to make the path for windows 7. I don’t know if windows 9 will serve a similar path way we will see. It was ahead of its time nonetheless OEMs were still producing cheap hardware with it and as a result made for a bad experience for most customers I always build my own PCs, so I didn’t have a problem with vista on higher end hardware. The point I am making is that when hardware was cheaper it paved the way for the success of windows 7 and this may be the case for windows 8 an OS tailored for touch enabled devices in a world where most laptops are not…