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Microsoft told to abandon Vista

Give up and start over
Sat Sep 29 2007, 13:30

THE NATIVES are getting restless, a bog post at Cnet urging Microsoft to dump Vista reveals.

Accompanied by a picture of the Windows Vista Ultimate edition box labeled " The Microsoft albatross," writer Don Reisinger's piece entitled "Why Microsoft must abandon Vista to save itself" begins "While Vista was originally touted by Microsoft as the operating system savior we've all been waiting for, it has turned out to be one of the biggest blunders in technology."

After taking the Vole to task for the lack of value in Vista Ultimate, he goes on to build a case that Vista is a disaster and Microsoft should just dump it and start over. Disappointing sales, check. OEM PC sellers sticking with XP, check. Apple's Mac sales surging, check.

He writes "With each passing day, it's becoming blatantly clear that Microsoft released Vista too early and the company's continual mistakes and promises that can't be kept are further annoying the Windows faithful."

He discounts the widespread hope among Windows users that a Service Pack will fix Vista, asking "Will SP1 eliminate the ridiculous Microsoft licensing schemes? Will SP1 drop the price on the higher-end versions? Will SP1 eliminate the need for users to buy a new computer just to use the faulty OS?" He takes the view that, while a Service Pack might fix some of Vista's known bugs and flaws, history suggests it will likely introduce new ones.

Additional complaints he voices about Vista include its draconian DRM regime that prevents users from making backups of their legitimate media files and its ridiculously annoying user access controls. He adds that Vista is incredibly bloated and slow, saying "For almost a year, people have been adopting Vista and becoming incensed by how poorly it operates."

He thinks the Vole should dump Vista, or at least put it on the back shelf and go back to selling Windows XP while it tries to come up with another approach to this whole new OS thing. That's what is happening anyway, despite Microsoft's official policy, we observe.

Read the whole thing here. µ


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