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When it comes to technology debacles, every major company has a few (remember the Newton?), but right now one of the top spots has to go to Windows Vista, Microsoft’s clunky operating system that has IT shops and consumers desperately clutching at XP for as long […]

When it comes to technology debacles, every major company has a few (remember the Newton?), but right now one of the top spots has to go to Windows Vista, Microsoft’s clunky operating system that has IT shops and consumers desperately clutching at XP for as long as they can.

Jason Hiner over at Tech Republic thinks there may be a light at the end of the Vista tunnel; he predicts IT shops and consumers will have a chance within the next year to upgrade to a cleaner, more modular version of Windows Vista under the Windows 7 moniker. It won’t be a completely new OS but rather a more streamlined version of Vista. He also suggests the pricing for consumers will be lower in an effort to win back those who are turning to Macs.

This could be another step by Microsoft toward shedding cumbersome release cycles and creating software that can be updated every year or so via a subscription model. Hiner lays out a nice case, and as a consumer who once was stuck with a laptop running Windows ME, I have to hope that before the third strike (Vista being the second), Microsoft can score a hit.

  1. Without a doubt, this here Windows XP shop was fat and happy, until we ordered 3 new Lenovo laptops with Vista. A uniformly negative experience was had by all, and it lasted for months until Vista was removed and replaced with XP and a few experimental iMacs (a very good experience).

    I was so distraught over the lost productivity and several near data corruption disasters on the Vista machines, that I was near to flying to Redmond with a lead pipe, waiting in the parking lot, and hitting anyone I could find and identify as Vista related.

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  2. Ok, what exactly is wrong with Vista? I’ve heard Mac fanatics (mainly the annoying commercials) spreading lies about it, but not a single accusation has been true in my experience. I’ve had Vista at home for months now and it’s works great. All the same software and hardware I used on XP works perfectly on Vista with 1GB RAM. I had to download a Vista driver for a few things (took all of 30 seconds each), but that’s expected when changing to a new OS regardless of how good or bad it supposedly is. I did the same thing when I went from 2000 to XP.

    Now I’m sure some people have had problems and certainly not everyone uses the same hardware/software that I do, but I’ve seen no justification for the widespread criticism.. other than Mac jealousy perhaps.

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  3. austinandrew Monday, April 21, 2008

    I’ve been pleasantly surprised by MS Vista as well. I’m using the business version and like the built in ghosting/backup tool. With the exception of Quickbooks, all of my software works on Vista.

    I think most of the horror stories have to do with the early launch. Most of the wrinkles have been worked out now.

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  4. I spent a lot of money for Vista. I purchased top dollar PC and laptop because of necessary Graphics cards. What’s wrong with Vista?…

    What does Vista do that XP can’t do, except for some fancy graphics that cost more than it’s worth. I spent countless hours on drivers for wireless cards and graphic cards. My fans sound like a freaking west Texas dust storm and makes me shut the machines down, then I just hope they wake up correctly (many times have to reboot). Responsiveness in both Vista and Microsoft apps are pathetically slow due to Aero graphics.

    So I turned off most of my Aero graphics settings the other day. Wow! nice piece of software. And I paid for it.

    Biggest problem is under the hood. It’s a big bloated bunch of spaghetti code. Inefficient and error-prone.

    Glad they’re upgrading but will cost me more.

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  5. Windows 2008, ahem, Workstation is fantastic!

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  6. Hopefully they ditch the dozen or so different versions/platforms/combinations of vista available. The average user hasn’t a clue whether they need (or want) Ultimate, Premium, Home, School/Education, 64bit, 32bit, upgrade, full distributions of the OS. I can’t imagine that the money spent keeping all these multiple versions in different boxes and managing the marketing etc of each is made up in sales more so than if just one version were available. That’s it.. put it on one single DVD and sell it for one price. MS just likes to model the physical experience of purchasing their software as frustrating as using it.

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  7. I’ve had nothing but good things to say about my experiences with Vista PCs. I must admit I do have the external USB HD issues since installing SP1 however.

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  9. I must agree, I can’t complain about Vista very much. While I don’t think its a huge step up from XP, there are some very business friendly advancements, including better sleep/hibernate performance, better OS file security, better profile management, and better offline files operation. And I’ve had no problems on computers ranging from a simple Dell 630 laptop (business class, nothing fancy) to a home build SLI workstation with dual 8800s.
    People complained endlessly when XP was released. It was the worst thing ever. MS screwed up, I’ll keep 2000. Rawr rawr rawr.
    There’s only a few compelling reasons to switch to Vista, but the FUD spreading “Skip Vista” crowd is way off base. There’s no good reason to avoid it like the plague so many people seem to think it is.

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  10. Carmelo Lisciotto Monday, April 21, 2008

    An interesting set of experiences!!

    Carmelo Lisciotto

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