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
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
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