A number of interesting posts detailing some behind-the-scenes type stuff about Vista:
As a software developer myself, I both cringe at these sorts of things (Microsoft should know better) and take heart from them (hey, they can afford to make these mistakes so I can learn from them).
UPDATE: Sorry for the original links I posted; I was in a hurry. I’ve cleaned them up now. Also, I should probably mention that I’d noticed for some time now that Vista has a weird feeling of being somehow… not quite polished… or not quite finished… at least in comparison to previous Windows versions. Personally, I still think they rushed it out the door – and that was probably not a wise decision (although probably an unavoidable one, given the circumstances).