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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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PC World ?
By chick0n on 12/21/2007 11:30:42 AM , Rating: 0
I used to subscribe to PC world, but that was like probably 10 or 12 years ago.

I stopped because as I got more *knowledge* in computers, the more I found that PC world were running by nothing but a bunch of morons. They post bullshit, sometimes dont even know wtf they're talking about.

Whoever actually read PC world, I feel sorry for you. ONe day you will be like me. Im actually very surprised that after all these years PC world still existed.




RE: PC World ?
By chick0n on 12/21/2007 11:57:37 AM , Rating: 1
Oh 1 more thing.

Some people wish MS do what Apple does ? of what? Ripping people off ?

Move the icons around and put some eye candy to existing features is called not ripping people off ? OSX is a freaking joke. 129 for some eye candy make over ? No thanks my friend.


RE: PC World ?
By Tewt on 1/14/2008 10:29:50 PM , Rating: 2
If I could purchase just the Vista Ultimate box for $10, I would be happy and my XP disk would have a great storage case. That's the only reason I would want to upgrade because Vista offers nothing that XP cannot do now and I've yet to hear a single convincing argument why I NEED to upgrade.


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