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PC World calls out Microsoft on Windows Vista

The hatred for Windows Vista has been well documented on DailyTech and by millions of Vista users around the web. From the very beginning, many consumers took issue with Microsoft's multi-tiered approach to Vista.

Microsoft currently has four versions of Windows Vista aimed at the consumer market: Home Basic, Home Premium, Business and Ultimate. Vista Home Basic is the cheapest and has the least features, while Vista Ultimate is the most expensive and most feature-filled version.

Many felt that Microsoft should simply take Apple's approach with OS X and just include a single SKU for everyone and charge everyone the same price. Many also championed Apple's 5-user license policy with OS X versus Microsoft's "reduced" pricing efforts with Windows Vista Family Discount -- a program that ended on June 30.

In addition to pricing, licensing and marketing, many people consumers simply are disappointed with Vista's performance. Many users have claimed that Vista simply is slower than Windows XP for many operations with pesky trouble spots including networking and gaming.

Microsoft plans to address many performance-related problems/bugs with Service Pack 1, but Windows XP is getting a speed boost of its own with Service Pack 3.

All of the controversies and disappointments related to Vista were enough for PC World to label Windows Vista the #1 Biggest Tech Disappointment of 2007.

"The user account controls that were supposed to make users feel safer just made them feel irritated. And at $399 ($299 upgrade) for Windows Ultimate, we couldn't help feeling more than a little gouged," remarked PC World's Dan Tynan.

"No wonder so many users are clinging to XP like shipwrecked sailors to a life raft, while others who made the upgrade are switching back. And when the fastest Vista notebook PC World has ever tested is an Apple MacBook Pro, there's something deeply wrong with the universe."

For me personally, I'm rather indifferent to Vista -- I don't hate it, but I also don't love it. I currently own two PCs: a HP desktop with Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 RC1 installed and an Eee PC 4G with Windows XP Home SP2 (nLite’d of course). I don't game on either machine and I mainly use both for Internet, email and productivity (Office 2007 on the desktop, OpenOffice Portable on the Eee PC).

I routinely go back and forth between both machines during the day and don't miss anything in particular from either machine (feature wise) with regards to the operating system. In other words, given my usage model, I could use my Eee PC all day and not really long to be on my Vista-equipped desktop.



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Vista? Ugh... Maybe tomorrow
By amanojaku on 12/17/2007 4:36:49 PM , Rating: 0
I've never used Vista, but I know I hate it. Next year I'm pretty sure I'll love it. Why? Let's look at my Windows track record:

3.1 - Year 1 hated it; Year 2 loved it
NT 4.0 - Year 1 hated it; Year 2 loved it (except for SP4)
95 - Year 1 hated it; Year 2 loved it
98 - Year 1 hated it; Year 2 loved it
2000 - Year 1 hated it; Year 2 loved it
XP - Year 1 hated it; Year 2 loved it
2003 - Year 1 hated it; Year 2 loved it

Consistent coincidence? Not really. MS does a poor job of releasing an OS, but over time it irons out most of the wrinkles. Performance is improved, stability is achieved and security... well, I'll quit while I'm ahead. Personally, I think the Mac OS X, Linux, and UNIX in general is better at specific areas, but Windows is the closest thing to an all around OS. Mac OS X is doing a lot to jump into that market, but it's still not close enough. I can run office suites, servers, and multimedia apps, but WHERE ARE THE FREAKING GAMES?!?

Architecturally, Windows needs a lot of improvement. What the hell IS all that stuff on my hard drive? Does a memory manager, HAL, and user interface really need 4+GB of disk space? Why can't I leave my machine running for five months, let alone five years? Where is there an open source development environment like Linux? Why is Windows so closed to enhancements when Apple loves widgets like we do?

But after all the bitching is over I realize that my machine hasn't blue screened more than twice in two years, which means a lot to me. Vista will get better, it's just a matter of time.




RE: Vista? Ugh... Maybe tomorrow
By TomZ on 12/17/2007 5:13:19 PM , Rating: 2
I think you're justifying your views on FUD instead of facts.
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Architecturally, Windows needs a lot of improvement.
Like what, specifically?
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Why can't I leave my machine running for five months, let alone five years?
What keeps you from running Vista for five months/years?
quote:
Where is there an open source development environment like Linux?
Here are some off the top of my head: Eclipse, Java, and Visual Studio Express. There are tons more, but you get my point.
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Why is Windows so closed to enhancements when Apple loves widgets like we do?
Huh, how is Windows closed to enhancements? Heck, if anything Microsoft makes it easy to add "widgets." For example, it is super-easy to develop new widgets for the Sidebar in Vista. Not to mention writing apps, services, etc.


By ChronoReverse on 12/17/2007 6:07:50 PM , Rating: 2
I still remember fondly of my 3 month (or was that 6 months? Can't remember anymore) Windows 98 uptime personal record. I was young and foolish back then (not rebooting after updates).


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