Biggest #1 Tech Disappointment of 2007 - Vista

No Wow, No How.
It's just that Vista isn't all that good. Many of the innovations the operating system was supposed to bring--like more efficient file and communications systems--got tossed overboard as Microsoft struggled to get the OS out the door, some three years after it was first promised. Despite its hefty hardware requirements, Vista is slower than XP.

When it debuted last January, incompatibilities were rampant--in part because hardware and software makers didn't feel any urgency to revamp their products to work with the new OS. 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.

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.

We have no doubt Vista will come to dominate the PC landscape, if only because it will become increasingly hard to buy a new machine that doesn't have it pre-installed. And that's disappointing in its own right.
Welcome to the Monopoly.


  1. A belated Merry Christmas to you Bill.

    I have made my decision regarding Vista a month ago. I will NEVER buy it! As a computer professional I would need the ultimate edition for home at least and its TOO expensive! I will keep to XP if I have to but I have been running Linux on my pc at home now for nearly a month and have no problems with it. Its faster than XP even.
    My "Arms at full length" on-off love affair with Linux over the past 5 years has blossomed. I see no reason to climb the rickety staircase of Microsoft "Progression". I have had to go back to XP a couple of times but when I next upgrade my hardware and the guy at microsoft is having trouble deciding whether I should be allowed to continue to use what I legally purchased, I will not BEG again. Thank you Linus.


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