Eric Lai's article Vista May Still Have Its Day in the August 25th edition of Computerworld and his blog makes the case that despite all the doom and gloom about Vista-- "home users hate it, businesses are uninstalling it" and Gartner is saying it's all proof that the 23-year-old Windows line is "collapsing" unders its own weight -- it's time may yet come.
Lai points out that many people forget all the XP bashing that went on upon its launch. Sure, Vista is off to a rough start, but so was XP - even rougher than Vista's start, according to Lai.
I'm not quite ready to say that Vista is going to knock the ball out of the park, but Lai raises some valid points and has some interesting numbers to back it up. Still, the world is different now than it was when XP was launched, most notably regarding this situation that there are more and better alternatives now. On the other hand, Windows 7 is on the horizon, and Microsoft isn't going to stretch that out as long as they did Vista, right?