Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Jul 2008 22:04 UTC
Windows As someone who uses Windows Vista practically daily, I've always wondered where all the negativity in the media comes from. Sure, Vista isn't perfect (as if any operating system is), but I just don't see where all the complaints are coming from. It runs just fine on my old (6 years) machine, all my software and hardware is compatible, and it's stable as a rock. Microsoft has been wondering the same thing, and after a little test, they may have found out why people seem to dislike Vista so much.
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RE: It is a perception problem
by lemur2 on Fri 25th Jul 2008 15:09 UTC in reply to "It is a perception problem"
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

Every release of Microsoft OS is pushing something that people do not like. Only this time, the resistance is stronger. It has been done before, but why the people are so stubborn this time ? This is nothing new, really, they swallowed it before.......

I agree that Vista is no more problematic than any past Microsoft's new release, but the perception of those problems is different today.

The next OS is going to meet even more resistance.


Two problems with this theory ...

(1) Vista really is terrible, it is not just people's imagination, and

(2) Microsoft just saying over and over "Vista isn't broken, it is actually great ... la la la la I can't hear you" isn't going to fix the problems.

In short ... Vista is indeed far more problematic than any past Microsoft's new release. Vista is deliberately "broken" ... it is made to disallow the owner of the machine, who is expected to pay for Vista, from doing certain things on their own machine. How lame is that?

What is even worse for most people is that Vista is notoriously slow. Any other OS at all (that can run on the same hardware) runs significantly better on that hardware than Vista does. Why would anyone pay extra money to hobble their expensive new machine?

If you have an older machine, or even a low-powered new machine (say a "netbook") ... and it can run XP or Linux perfectly snappily but it chokes on Vista ... then who is going to get Vista? What does Vista give you other than a larger bill for a more-expensive-than-you-really-need machine?

These are the problems with Vista. Everyone knows it. Microsoft playing marketing games trying to deny these deficiencies is just simply not going to cut it.

Edited 2008-07-25 15:10 UTC

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trenchsol Member since:
2006-12-07

> Vista is deliberately "broken" ... it is made to
> disallow the owner of the machine, who is expected to
> pay for Vista, from doing certain things on their own > machine. How lame is that?

It is pretty lame, but every OS Microsoft made, except DOS, was like that. Next OS will push it even further. There will be no "and now something completely different". In the end client OS and Xbox OS will converge into single software product.

Ask yourself why would anyone buy new PC (except when old breaks down) if there was no Vista, DirectX 10, new Office.

Microsoft is trying to move away from the concept of personal computer. They are trying to create a device that would serve people who do not distinguish hardware from software. They want a box that will limit users to predefined set of actions. The box is a crucial term here, it is not a computer, it is a box. They want to build an enhanced toaster, in fact.

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