Microsoft Vista is a failure

It seems a lot of people (especially those at Microsoft) are constantly extolling all the virtues of the next Microsoft operating system to-be, Windows Vista.

Am I really the only person who sees it as a dinosaur?

Admittedly, I’m not the biggest fan of Microsoft software. I’ve dealt with Microsoft for far too long to trust pretty much anything they release. I have struggled with each and every piece of software they have ever released.

Well, save for one: DOS.

Mind you, operating systems were a lot simpler back then. They didn’t need to do much. They just needed to provide an environment in which things would work. But the problems with Vista started even back then. Remember the 640k barrier? The workarounds to use the higher memory?

I’ll wager that the roots of DOS are still there. Sure, they rewrote the whole thing for Windows NT. But have you ever wondered why the requirements for the operating system keep getting larger and larger? Why you need more and more disk space to run it all? Windows XP is supposedly based on Windows NT (as was Server 2003), and I wonder how well all the changes are managed.
It’s an operating system. It’s supposed to support everything else, not set an initial barrier to entry! There have been press releases about how powerful hardware needs to be in order to get the best experience out of Windows Vista. Any system bought within the last year is likely outta luck — you don’t have the juice. That just strikes me either as gloriously poor support for the user, or collusion with hardware vendors. Since when do you need a graphics accelerator to view a Word document?

Okay, I exaggerate — it will run sans 64 MB of RAM on your video card — but the statement still seems to baffle the mind. Does Microsoft not think that perhaps there is need to rewrite from the ground up?

Take the most successful operating system in recent years: UNIX. Not just Linux, but also Mac OSX. The kernel is small. No graphics. It runs. Add on only what you need to make things work. It runs nicely. There are releases of Linux out there that at a glance look like Microsoft Windows. Mac OSX is based (loosely) on the Mach kernel from the vaunted (and lamented) NeXTStep operating system. There’s a reason Macs run sooooo nicely, and it ain’t just the hardware.

C’mon, Microsoft, if you hope to compete on the desktop space, you need to think much more carefully about your foundation. Crappy foundations lead to crappy experiences.

6 Replies to “Microsoft Vista is a failure”

  1. It is a failure, look at the reviews at download.com on that thing, it’s stupid.

    And woah, $400+ for that thing? (check out my blog for an ironic pic on that price thing) So I spend what, 3 years mastering XP to make it stable enough so it doesn’t keep freezing over and over and crashing and so on, and now vista which users say has things moved around so that you have to rememorize where stuff is? Hell no.

    Plus you can skin xp with all that stuff out there now. It’s too late for that windows tilting feature to get that much good use of it, there’s probably some freeware out there that has some more efficient way of seeing what window is where anyways, and with firefox and other tabbed browsers (besides IEcrap7) who cares about tilting?

    And linux has some weird ability to not just tilt, but rotate windows in a cube form (like the borg, that was cool, heh).

    Look world, forget vista, here are your healthy choices:

    1. XP
    2. OSX
    3. Linux
    4. Amiga

    Bye vista, you’re 5 years late to class, F-.

  2. Good for Landfill at the local tip, the shiny disc surface might scare some seagulls to relieve their contents on it.

  3. I used Microsoft for the majority of my life. I am a Master level user, and only up until 5 years ago did I discover the wonder that is Mac OsX.

    One of my good friends works at Office Depot as a salesman, and I said to him, “so…How has Vista gone?”

    ..and he just sighs out, rubs his face and says…”I don’t even wanna talk about it dude”

    Yeah… that pretty much says it all.

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