For those of you wondering why I havent beaten up Vista yet… I have. I ran it from mid-beta to early-release and had a very well written and thought out evaluation of its security and usability features. It was quite negative. I wrote the entire article in notepad on my Vista machine.
One day I went to open the file to add finishing touches and proof it and the file disappeared. I know how silly and impossible this sounds. But its true. I have never seen anything like it under any operating system.
That pretty much cinched it for me. I downgraded back to XP and impatiently awaited the arrival of my new mac.
That being said, I laughed aloud as I read the CNET article. It contained many lines that I couldnt help but agree with such as…
Any operating system that provokes a campaign for its predecessor’s reintroduction deserves to be classed as terrible technology. Any operating system that quietly has a downgrade-to- previous-edition option introduced for PC makers deserves to be classed as terrible technology. Any operating system that takes six years of development but is instantly hated by hordes of PC professionals and enthusiasts deserves to be classed as terrible technology.
It’s suffering from painfully slow adoption by users and corporations alike for good reason. I often hear the argument “All operating new operating systems have slow corporate adoption rates” however compared to 2000 and XP as well as planned adoption surveys… its dismal.
Conversely adoption rates of Linux and OS X on the desktop are way up. Microsoft may finally be loosing its foothold of absolute dominance and as any industry can prove this… real competition makes for better products all around.