Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Now that's a harsh review of Vista

CNET UK has a story on Vista that finally says what a lot of us have been thinking all year: Vista sucks! There is simply no reason to upgrade. Here is another reason to stick with XP: Windows XP with SP3 outperforms Windows Vista with SP1.

This Vista review made the number one story on Digg this morning. It also gathered a ton of comments. A lot of other professional Windows supporters must feel the same way. I wrote previously how some of my fellow techies are making a buck by removing Vista.

Quoting from the review: "Any operating system that provokes a campaign for its predecessor's reintroduction deserves to be classed as terrible technology.

"Any operating system that quietly has a downgrade-to-previous-edition option introduced for PC makers deserves to be classed as terrible technology.

"Any operating system that takes six years of development but is instantly hated by hordes of PC professionals and enthusiasts deserves to be classed as terrible technology. Windows Vista conforms to all of the above.

"Its incompatibility with hardware, its obsessive requirement of human interaction to clear security dialogue box warnings and its abusive use of hated DRM, not to mention its general pointlessness as an upgrade, are just some examples of why this expensive operating system earns the final place in our terrible tech list."

Wow! That's quite a scathing review. I agree with all the points but my heart goes out to Microsoft or more accurately to the product managers, the designers, the programmers, the marketing team and all the Microsofties that put so much of their lives into a product that will be forever classified in the same category as Windows Me.

What do you think? Was that a harsh review or did Vista and Microsoft deserve it?

1 comment:

Mark Lavallee said...

I think it's an unprofessional review in the very least.

I believe, that Microsoft took all the complaints about Windows XP after the worm wars, and tried to build a real "fool proof" OS.

That's where they failed. The UAC is annoying because users are LAZY and always have been. The OS hasn't been the main issue, it's Sally-User who's kids use Kazaa that is.

Don't get me wrong, some things could be better, but at the end of the day most issues come down to user error.

And I love the Mac commercials. Like anyone who's "So frustrated with their apps not working on Vista" is going have a different experience on a Mac.

"Hey, I bought a Macbook Pro, and I can't seem to install Crysis on it. What? My Mac won't run my windows games... but you said it just works!?! Hello? Hello?"

Yeah, good luck with that.