Linked by Smith Johnson on Thu 27th Sep 2007 15:22 UTC
Windows According to at least one blogger, Microsoft should abandon Vista before it's too late. It would appear he's not alone in this opinion, as Microsoft has begun allowing users to downgrade back to XP. Amongst the reasons? Poor sales figures and shoddy Vista "Extras".
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Where are we going?
by Anacardo on Thu 27th Sep 2007 21:45 UTC
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1) I completely disagree with the article posted. I'm the first to believe that Vista is a definitely different beast from the one we were promised long ago. I won't upgrade for that matter but for microsoft to ditch Vista would be a terrible and death-bringer mistake. They simply can't. They HAVE to go on and push the upgrade down our throat.
2) Xp is good, Xp is stabel is mature... Guys I've been working on XP from almost day one, never used anything else in all these years and I simply cannot find enough words to express how BAD this operating system turned out to be. Let's say we're customed to it. We like it because we use it every single day of our computer life. But come on, it really sucks. Usability is abysmal due to tons of interface mistakes, contradictions and limitations, the system gets slower and more unstable the more you use it... Which brings me to..
3) Now that Vista is out and it sucks pretty badly, let's try not to repeat history for a chance. When Xp got out everybody complained about how slow and bad it was. Time passed and two service packs later everybody is happy. But does really Xp got that better? Or is it just the fact that we lost any mean of comparison? I fired an ancient Windows 2000 on a obsolete dual PIII 300 just a few days ago... And surprise surprise! I was astonished about how fast and responsive the system was. I could connect to the network and use all the apps that I normally use on my core2. Sure it didn't came without its huge share of shortcomings, but as a productive environment it really rocked. So how about it? Let's try not to fall again in the same circle, and find ourselves ranting about how Vista got better with sp2, only because we don't have an Xp installation at hand.
4) Microsoft shouldn't fear no Linux nor Mac. They should fear Google, Nokia (or Apple if they prove to be smart enough) or anybody else who's able to provide basic PC functionality (office productivity, blogging, photo and video charing creation) over the net (so that you can do it wherever you want and on whatever gadget you like, provided it's powerful enough). On the other hand they should fear the xbox360 and Ps3, as these machines are converting some (not all) Pc gamers to console gamers, and one of the core windows technologies (DirectX) MIGHT become less and less useful as a mean of differentiation between OSes.

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