I generally agree with the OP. I am xpclient and XPwasmyidea
And to prove my eXPertise, I have written these articles as a summarized form of my knowledge:Features new to Windows XPFeatures new to Windows Vista
(entire series)Features new to Windows 7Features removed in Windows VistaFeatures removed in Windows 7
as well as Windows 98Windows NT 4.0Windows MeWindows 2000
and thousands of such articles: http://en.wikipedia....lient/Watchlist
(Proof is in the edit history of those articles)
That said, it goes without saying that I don't claim to be an all-encompassing eXPert and always learn something from MSFN eXPerts who're far more clever.
What I am good at is User Experience and I will try to get inside Microsoft to fix their UX from within and replace a certain moron lady.
I started with Windows for Workgroups 3.1 and have been an MS fanboy until Vista came along and I developed mixed feelings. But NT6 (Vista did bring some pretty important improvements to Windows as did Windows 7) along with an equal number of REALLY BAD regressions. For many years since 2005 (Vista Beta 1), I complained to Microsoft and struggled but they don't care much. Jim Allchin, Bill Gates were the people who cared. Allchin told me on Facebook how he had cancer during Vista development and how they lost their way. The new evil and clueless management does not care.
But along with my home grown Classic Shell project with Ivo Beltchev as the developer, 7+ Taskbar Tweaker, and about 50+ such third party programs, I found that almost all regressions in NT6 are fixable. Not all, but almost all, nearly all. I did a Ph.D in XP to Windows Vista/7 migration. Took me 5-6 years.
Windows 8, now that is a REALLY REALLY BAD product that everyone should avoid if you want to save desktop computing. It may not be bad for tablets but buying it means supporting Microsoft and their evil plans to further cripple the desktop. If Vista brought me mixed feelings, Windows 8 makes my blood boil with fury.
Btw you can add DVD support to NTBackup using this addon: http://www.cristalink.com/fs/
. MS Paint *can* rotate an image. Providing SATA support in XP is not easy without porting StorPort back which was introduced in Server 2003. Instead, manufacturer provided SCSIport drivers work well. XP Service Pack 2 brought a whole lot of changes (see that Features new to XP article and do a "Find on this page" for SP2 or Service Pack 2).
Not all the things you say about MS are true or accurate but mostly what your point is - that is true. MS turned evil after XP by not caring about regressions in functionality and I so glad, the nice folks at MSFN get it too. The general population is dumb and blind of finer changes or have little to no understanding of under the hood changes - they fail to notice the regressions and only see what marketing shows them.
Edited by xpclient, 24 October 2012 - 09:29 AM.