“I praise Microsoft’s new Windows Vista operating system, and I also curse it,” Julio Ojeda-Zapata reports for The St. Paul Pioneer Press.

“Vista certainly is pretty. PC users long used to the dowdy Windows XP will do a double take at Vista’s translucent images and groovy 3D effects. Vista also is crammed with powerful, useful new features, like lightning-fast file searching, photo organizing and movie-DVD burning,” Ojeda-Zapata reports.

“But after waiting five years — as in half a decade — for this thing, I think I should get something revolutionary, a PC operating system so astonishing it makes the competition look laughably primitive. The almighty Microsoft made this, right? So Vista — being released to consumers Tuesday — has to be jaw-droppingly superior, right? Well, it’s not. Vista hardly rocked my world during weeks of testing. It’s a fine Windows upgrade, but it’s also a shameless rip-off (and not quite the equal) of another major operating system, Apple Computer’s Mac OS X,” Ojeda-Zapata reports.

Ojeda-Zapata asks, “That begs the question: Why not just use OS X?”

“Those upgrading from XP likely will have to get a new computer anyway because Vista doesn’t work properly on most older PCs. So, instead of purchasing a Windows PC, they could — and typically should — get an Apple Macintosh computer running OS X,” Ojeda-Zapata reports. “Apple is about to release an OS X upgrade, nicknamed ‘Leopard,’ that will make Vista look archaic… It’s also important to note that Apple has offered OS X upgrades at roughly yearly intervals during the half-decade that Microsoft has labored on Vista. Apple is an innovation engine; Microsoft, not so much.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Rockin' Rod" for the heads up.]

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