Vista Flops? I beg to differ….


I have been reading posts (blogs and in more traditional press) since Vista came out (well, since long before it came out, actually) about how bad it is, how unstable it is, about how nothing works, about how disappointing it is, and so on, blah blah blah….

Today, I came across this post Vista Flops, Users “Upgrading” to XP (there are number of similar posts in the same place, I will not link to them all).

I am rapidly coming ot the conclusion that people in the computer industry are the biggest whiners in existence – even worse then Canadians (just kidding – I AM CANADIAN). I have been using Vista as my primary OS since before the first release candidate. I use it on 5 computers (3 laptops, 1 desktop, and 1 Tablet). I have found it to be at least as stable as Windows XP (and more stable than many other versions of Windows in similar stages of their lifecycle). Performance is as good as I had under XP for most things. Overall, I have found it to be pretty good.

Are there things which I would like to have seen? Sure. Are there things that were in the original preview of Longhorn I saw at PDC 2003 that I wish were in the final version. Absolutely. I also recognize that features get cut and modified over the course of development, usually driven by the marketing department and feedback from those same whiny users.

The biggest complaint I have had about Vista is not against Microsoft so much as it is against the hardware and software community surrounding it. The availability and quality of updates to drivers and applications has been abysmal. A fair number of the devices I use (especially on my Tablet) were not supported when Vista was released, and some still are not and probably never will be. What happened – you guys get surprised by the release of Vista? Didn’t know it was coming. Come on – get with it. The same can be said for products from Apple (iTunes) and Adobe (Reader – the number one crashing product I have under Vista).

Get off it people – if you do not like Vista – do not use it. But please, stop whining about it!

Advertisements
About

I have been working in the world of technology for 25-odd years. I am an entrepreneur and consultant, focused on software solutions, social networking, and innovation processes. Currently, I am a Principal Consultant with T4G Limited, specializing in Portal Technologies (including SharePoint), software/systems development, service oriented architectures, and many other things which I will probably not remember until I need to use them. Prior to that, I was VP of Technology at Whitehill Technologies, Inc., where I spent almost 9 years helping to grow the company from a start-up to one of the most successful private software companies in Canada. Prior to that I worked on internet conferencing using early VoIP, and on large military communications projects. Before even that, I worked in satellite control, and remote sensing. Going way back to university, my focus was on theoretical physics and astrophysics. Currently my interests revolve around most aspects of software development, from technologies to management, and in the area of defining sustainable, repeatable processes for innovation within technology organizations. I also have a particular interest in Tablet PC technologies – I have been using one for several years, and I love it. On the personal side, I still have a strong interest in all aspects of science, especially physical sciences, as well as philosophy and comparative religion. In addition, I am into music, playing guitar (badly, I am sorry to say), and reading almost anything I can lay my hands on. I am also a member of the IEEE/IEEE Computer Society, and of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Rant
2 comments on “Vista Flops? I beg to differ….
  1. Fred says:

    I would not necessarily say it is “so great compared to XP”, but it is definitely as good (in my opinion). It depends on what you do as a user, as well.

    There are considerable architectural improvements addressing areas such as process isolation, security, etc. (at least according to Microsoft).

    From my perspective as a developer, I also wanted to play with some of the new stuff such as Windows Presentation Foundation (I know, I could do that on XP). Of course a major problem has been the lack of a truly “supported” dev tool on Vista, but I have managed.

    Definitely the biggest problem I have run into is the lack of driver support for some devices, but this should not be a problem if you build a box specifically for Vista, with parts that have Vista drivers.

    I think the big thing has been that from the outside, Vista is definitely not the big “wow!” it could have been – and we are a culture that thrives on excitement.

  2. I’ve seen all the negative press, including on “respected” tech blogs, and all of my initial impressions are negative, too. However, I am glad to see a positive, non-Microsoft blog entry on it.

    I’d like to know what makes it so great compared to XP, and what does it have that XP doesn’t. I haven’t worked with Vista firsthand, so I don’t know what it has that would compel me to want it.

    I won’t upgrade my XP computer, but I plan on building a Vista computer for compatibility testing sometime in the future. So, it would be nice to know what to look forward to instead of all of the negativity that is already making me almost loathe it.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Obligatory Disclaimer
Please keep in mind that any opinions, points-of-view, comments, or other content which I post to this site are mine and mine alone. They in no way reflect the views of my employer, my country, my dog, my cat, or anyone else you can think of. To paraphrase Monty Python, "That is the theory that I have and which is mine, and what it is, too."

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 623 other followers

%d bloggers like this: