Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

Blogging about Windows since before Vista became a bad word

AMD & Vista: The First 100 Days

Several weeks ago, I posted a letter from AMD Executive VP Henri Richard (pronounced En-re Ri-shard) to the employees at AMD, regarding their internal adoption of Windows Vista. Today, he gave bloggers an exclusive video conference call about said adoption, and other AMD-related topics. Ironically, today was also the day that Dell & Intel said they weren't deploying Vista until SP1.

Some highlights:

On Vista:

I'm a big believer in eating your own dogfood. If you're going to talk about building low-power PCs and building good drivers, you'd better be validating your claims on the machines you're shipping. So I wanted to drive adoption very early in the process. I'm happy to say that last week our IT department released a Gold master image of Windows Vista, which is now the default system image for the company. By the end of the summer, Vista will be the only OS image we deploy internally.

We will have 1000 Vista users by this summer. That may not sound like a lot, because we have 16,000 employees, but most of those employees are factory workers. Of all the desktops we have deployed, a large percentage of them are running Vista.

It is just a matter of time, maybe one or two releases, before we have drivers that are at the same stability level of Windows XP. But our drivers are already really good, and I haven't seen too many blue screen reeports thus far.

On AMD's Vista Marketing Partnership:

Despite the fact that Vista was late, I'm disappointed that some points in the ecosystem, they don't even have drivers, let alone stable ones. It doesn't take rocket science to understand that Vista is here to stay.

Too early to measure ROI from our investments into Vista advertising, but I'm happy with our partnership with Microsoft and expect it to pay dividends.

On Financial Results:

There is no "out" on the fact that we had a terrible first quarter. We had unexpected growth in the second half of last year, and it stretched our supply chain. While I'm disappointed in the first quarter, I'm very excited about our future.

On the GPU/CPU Hybrid "Fusion":

Fusion is an architecture, not a single product. You'll see many different flavors of this concept, where you'll see a GPU and a CPU on the same die. You don't want to boil the ocean from the start. This is the beginning of a revolution in the way chip architectures will be thought of. We're not going to completely change how processors interact on the first generation.

On The Future:

The PC industry could do a lot better if we could support better and more compelling user experiences. If we could do that as an industry, every competitor would see the benefit.

I wonder who is going to win in the marketplace this time around? Would you trust your Vista purchase to a company who isn't running it internally?

Mary Jo was there too, and has a rundown of her own.