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The Midnight Release “Parties” are being plugged everywhere I look (or listen), for Microsoft’s Vista release on January 30th (tomorrow). It makes me long for the chance to go wait in line at the local Apple store for Leopard’s release – now that’s a party, and […]

The Midnight Release “Parties” are being plugged everywhere I look (or listen), for Microsoft’s Vista release on January 30th (tomorrow). It makes me long for the chance to go wait in line at the local Apple store for Leopard’s release – now that’s a party, and one that isn’t hyped much at all, at least in comparison. But the eve of Vista’s release has me thinking about the breadth of adoption it’ll see in the immediate future.

As with any operating system release, consumers tend to have a “wait and see” approach to allow time for bugs to be patched. Yet Apple lets another cat out of the bag and you can’t hold the consumers back from getting in the door to upgrade their machines to the latest and greatest platform – The patient ones are the ones who wait till they get to their car to install it, rather than in store! This of course is a generalization, as there are many who are not accounted for in the hordes that show up at Apple Retail Stores.

But how will it play out for Vista? The “parties” are so widespread (at places like Circuit City, CompUSA, MicroCenter, etc), how many people will actually show up at these places? Taking into account the scale of Windows to OS X users, will the comparison of immediate adoption be parallel? Will it really be a party? (In the Apple lines everyone is having a great time and genuinely excited for the release. When cars drive by asking what the fuss is about, an ecstatic crowd exclaims, “Apple’s releasing [Insert Cat Name Here] tonight!!!!!!!”) I’ve read a few accounts of dismay with Vista beta previews, and many more who plan to hold it at arm’s length for sometime, choosing rather, to stick with the ever again XP until Microsoft’s bugs and other problems can be worked-out and properly addressed in Vista.

I guess it really can’t be an Apples to Apples comparison. While both Apple’s OS X and Microsoft’s Windows XP launched in 2001, the former has seen major update releases almost yearly. The latter however is just now (6 years later) getting around to releasing an updated/new operating system platform. So the millions of starved users (that haven’t already switched) may very well be out in force tonight – but is it out of excitement, or just a change of scenery? And how long before they ditch Vista and make the move to OS X…?

Oh, and 6 Reasons not to Upgrade to Vista. The comments about choosing OS X over Vista seem to be becoming more of real suggestion than a joke.

  1. Traditionally, Microsoft has always had a thin margin of upgraders for their OSs. In the Windows world, only a few testers, consultants and have-to-have-the-latest buy the upgraded OS, unlike with OSx.

    Microsoft will make it’s money the only way it has set it up in its market: when computer die, people buy new ones with the new operating system.

    You can’t compare a robust sports car like OSx to a bloated SUV like Windows. It’s two different worlds with two different philosophies.

    As usual, people will wait until the first service oacks. Unfortunately, Microsoft has caught on and will release one quickly to “show” it is being patched. Serious buyers will wait for SP2.

    Can’t wait for real innovations like Leopard…

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  2. MediaVidea blogs lists out all the 13 main problems with Vista:
    http://mediavidea.blogspot.com/2007/01/case-against-vista.html

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  3. I think it’s sad that Microsoft will release SP1 in june/july this year. That’s like saying “Our product isn’t finished for shipping, but computer manufacturers and marketing people wanted it now full with bugs”.
    Vista is worth trying out if you still use Windows, but the only reason to why you should switch from Windows XP is the higher level of security.
    Games run slower in the few tests that I have seen, when compared to Windows XP.

    But the again, I wonder how fast World of Warcraft will run on Mac OS X 10.5 compared to 10.4… :)

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  4. LordMike – I agree with you for the most part. But In keeping things fair, Apple is known for releasing a .1 update to OS X usually within a handful of months following the latest OS release. Granted, their issues aren’t usually as large as those found on past Windows systems, but it still happens.

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  5. [...] This is what I was alluding to in yesterday’s post. [...]

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  6. Nick – I’m new to the Mac world, so that was actually news to me. But since I started getting the first update in Mac os x, it hasn’t “felt” like a major upgrade like with service packs for windows. Probably because MS added an improved firewall etc etc in just a service pack which was suppose to be for bugs.
    Before I thread into way to deep water here, I will agree that Apple probably does the same. Just not as much.

    I switched for a good reason and have never been more happy. So I guess I’m a bit biased towards MS atm. :)

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  7. I hear ya LordMike. Apple is much better about that stuff – it feels much more like them taking care of their users than trying to keep them at bay.

    I just wanted to point out that it happens on both sides of the fence – some just handle it better…

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