Linked by Smith Johnson on Wed 25th Jun 2008 19:07 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y A Computerworld blog post reads: "You gotta love it. Microsoft has decided that it will ho ahead and kill off easy access to XP on June 30th. On behalf of desktop Linux users everywhere, and our first cousins, the Mac fans, thanks. You've given us the best shot we'll ever have of taking the desktop."
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What is leading to poor performance on those laptops would not be Vista itself per say but all the crapware that OEM laptop makers throw in on top of the OS install. This is the biggest problem Vista has at the moment and that OEM's do not install SP1 slipstreamed with thier products. Clean up Vista so it's just back to basic with drivers only installed, install SP1 and you have a bloody reliable OS. Something I suppose Apple and Linux crowd doesn't have to contend with, OEM crapware but it really can pull a powerful system down and all this crapware is configured to start with the computer. Also don't put security suits on a Vista installation, all that is required is a good AV and even that isn't needed if Vista is properly configured. I support Avast AVG as it has a small footprint and is discreet.


Another alternative view of this topic can be found here in summary:

"Basically, Vista was designed with almost no consideration for the needs of Microsoft's customers. James Allchin, co-president of Microsoft's Platform Products and Services Group wrote an internal memo saying that Microsoft had lost touch with customer needs and if he didn't work there he'd buy an Apple Macintosh. Allchin retired the day Vista shipped."

There is section entitled "What went wrong?" which has a fair summary.

The wider popular opinion leans more towards the views of Vista expressed by Andrew Grygus in the link, I would have thought.

Here is yet another view to back it up further:
"Upgrade to Windows Vista? No thanks, says Intel according to an insider. The chip giant apparently has no plans to upgrade 80,000 employees from XP to Vista, in what must be a painful blow to Microsoft."


"The New York Times says that, according to the Intel insider, the company has made its decision "after a lengthy analysis by its internal technology staff of the costs and potential benefits of moving to Windows Vista, which has drawn fire from many customers as a buggy, bloated program that requires costly hardware upgrades to run smoothly." "

Edited 2008-06-27 03:38 UTC

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