Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Vista wins PC World's 15 Biggest Tech Disappointments of 2007

I know it has nothing to do with Oracle, but Windows Vista is one of my pet hates - an OS for the dumb, and the first time a new MS Windows release is slower than its predecessor. Microsoft are now working a a light-weight kernel, that will hopefully make it into the next Windows desktop release. In the mean time, I am staying with XP Pro, and CentOS in a virtual machine.
clipped from www.pcworld.com

#1. No Wow, No How: Windows Vista

Five years in the making and this is the best Microsoft could do?

It's just that Vista isn't all that good. Many of the innovations the operating system was supposed to bring--like more efficient file and communications systems--got tossed overboard as Microsoft struggled to get the OS out the door, some three years after it was first promised. Despite its hefty hardware requirements, Vista is slower than XP.

And at $399 ($299 upgrade) for Windows Ultimate, we couldn't help feeling more than a little gouged.

No wonder so many users are clinging to XP like shipwrecked sailors to a life raft, while others who made the upgrade are switching back. And when the fastest Vista notebook PC World has ever tested is an Apple MacBook Pro, there's something deeply wrong with the universe.

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