What’s Wrong With Vista

28 Jan

If I remember correctly, Vista got a lot good reviews before it came out(was in beta). Better search, gorgeous interface, new WMP, Media Center, Better file organization etc. Just one thing nobody really liked- User Account Control. And as it turned out that security focused feature was the one that made the choice for many users- skip Vista altogether.

So what made Vista a fiasco?

First we should recall the basic difference between application software and operating system. Operating system is a piece of software that enables us to  run application software on hardware. And for that purpose its sometimes convenient for the OS to provide the user with some basic application software, as XP did. But as I said before, an OS’s primary job is to let us use various software, so it has to provide more than just some basic application software. That’s called flexibility, compatibility and management. When an OS loses its focus and does not provide us with these things it may initially attract users but will fall short in the end. Vista’s flashy aero interface is good looking alright, but it comes at a price, high hardware requirement. It can be run on low end PCs, but with Aero turned off Vista looks worse than XP.

Then comes the worst part- performance. At basic tasks Vista performs worse than XP. Boot is dog slow, OS response, games performance slow too. People start to think “Why this  costly hardware upgrade then!”. Most people don’t do anything other than basic multimedia tasks, web browsing or office document editing. For which not very high end PC is needed. In those PCs XP runs considerably faster than Vista. And these users also don’t need those fancy features Vista provide.

So for an average user it comes down to this- if one wants to upgrade his OS, he has to pay for hardware, pay for the OS upgrade yet still he might face slower performance, some incompatibility issue(both software and hardware) and no real productivity benefit.

The big question is, has Microsoft learnt their lesson from the  comparative failure of Vista? I say yes. The freshly out beta of Windows 7 indicates they have, and greatly.

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