We have been as vocal as anyone in criticizing how well Vista runs mobile computers, OK, maybe we’ve been a bit more vocal than most. It’s a topic that provokes knee-jerk reactions from almost everyone, with a big contingent of readers who agree completely and another who don’t. The topic of Vista on mobile devices is going to heat up with C/NET and Engadget both reporting two interesting developments in this area. It seems it started with the news that Lenovo is offering customers who purchased PCs from them with Vista pre-installed the opportunity to downgrade to Windows XP. That’s right, no doubt bowing from complaints from customers who find that Vista is not cutting the mustard the ThinkPad manufacturer will sell customers a set of XP recovery disks so they can "downgrade" from Microsoft Vista to XP. This is very big news indeed and gets even bigger with the acknowledgment that Microsoft is allowing OEMs selling Vista computers to do the same.
That’s right, Microsoft, who is trying to phase XP out, is allowing OEMs to offer a similar downgrade to XP for their customers who are not happy with Vista running on their new PCs. This is incredible and demonstrates without any question that even Microsoft is getting so much pressure from OEMs with massive complaints about the new OS that they have to let people go back to XP. See, we were right all along here on jkOnTheRun and this just proves that Vista is not ready to run your mobile PCs. Maybe not even your desktop. Wow.