Windows chief Allchin: Buy Windows Vista for the security

If new features won’t get you to upgrade to Vista, security enhancements should, according to Windows chief Jim Allchin.

“Microsoft has already touted the bells and whistles it is putting into Windows Vista, the operating system successor to XP that’s due out by the end of the year. There will be flashy new graphics, a spiffed-up user interface and advanced search features. Other changes include improved touch-screen support and a Windows sidebar that can display all kinds of information such as upcoming appointments, just-in e-mail messages and a clock,” Joris Evers reports for CNET News.

Evers reports, “But if none of that strikes your fancy, Vista will still be worth getting, thanks to its better defenses against phishing attacks, spyware and other malicious code, Allchin said. ‘Safety and security is the overriding feature that most people will want to have Windows Vista for,’ the co-president of Microsoft’s platform, products and services division said in an interview with CNET ‘Even if they are not into home entertainment or in any of the specialty areas, they are just going to feel safer and more secure by using it.'”

Full article here.
As Allchin is being shuffled off to retirement after countless Windows XP security failures that resulted in the losses of billions of dollars in productivity for Windows sufferers and after having stripped Windows Vista’s feature set of anything even remotely interesting in order to ship Microsoft’s latest malformed Mac derivative after slipping for years, Allchin turns back to the tried and true: spew a bunch of the same old promises and hope the pigeons will flock to line up at midnight once again. CNET doesn’t mention, but we can’t imagine Allchin was able to keep a straight face throughout this interview. On the other hand, Allchin is the same guy who accused Apple of copying Microsoft’s Windows “Longhorn” with Mac OS X, so he could simply be nuts and actually believes his own lunacy; the probability (or someone) is high.

Judging by the responses by Windows sufferers that accompany the CNET article, it’s a good thing for Allchin that he’s being forced out; many people seem to have awakened since that long ago day when Windows XP was released. At CNET at least, many aren’t buying it this time around. Instead, they seem ready to finally give up on waiting and waiting and waiting for nothing and instead are planning on buying the real thing, the one that actually does work as hardly-advertised; they’re buying a Mac instead.

“The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste. They have absolutely no taste. And what that means is — and I don’t mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way — in the sense that they don’t think of original ideas and they don’t bring much culture into their product.” – Steve Jobs (QuickTime, 0:23, 0.9MB)

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  1. Vista = Security
    OS X = Security Risks !

    Yes, I know the Apple community will promote the concept of “less” viruses on an Apple computer. However, we in the “real IT world” are terrified of placing any Apple products on our secure networks. Apple’s are a ticking time bomb! There are no libraries of viruses or enterprise tools available for rescuing OS X workstations after they are infected.

    The only sensible thing to do is prohibit Apple hardware from our networks.


  2. And spend your hard earned on Vista so you help Bill look good giving it away to the latest cause of his choice. there IS a good reason to buy Microsoft products then.

  3. The current Mac mini is too slow, I just sold mine and picked up a iMac Core Duo. Now that is definitely more like it. Once the Mac mini moves to Intel I could recommend them again, but not as they stand now with the G4 inside. Even with 512MB they’re quite sluggish. The new iMac on the other hand, flies by comparison, even with the stock 512MB, although with 1GB or more it really shines.

  4. “they are just going to feel safer and more secure by using it.”

    Yes, they’ll ‘feel’ more secure…but will they be more secure? I highly doubt it.

    And Spudnik…yes, people in the “real IT world” are terrified of putting Macintoshes on their ‘secure’ networks…terrified they’ll also be putting themselves out of a job. Just admit it already. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” /> (yes, I know it’s just someone posting sarcasm, but I had to say it.)

  5. i agree that most ‘doze lemmings think that, not only is ‘doze the only os in the computing world; but that viruses, trojans, spam, etc, are “normal” and “expected”. i love the AOL commercial with the “leader” informing the “unwashed” that broadband allows attack to “come at you faster”; and that the one solution is to have AOLs “security software”. i chuckle, knowing that the currently only real solution is to “get a Mac”. of course, the IT weenies would never consider that. (my sister, when once offered a Mac, asked: “does it run windoze”?)

  6. I remember the year or two leading up to XP’s release. The big buzzword wasn’t “security,” it was “stability.” And delivered a huge improvement in stability with XP (especially over WinMe). Time will tell if Vista actually delivers noticable differences in security.

    MDN MW- “perform” as is will it perform as promised?

  7. As much as I hate to admit. Biz will spend billiongs on Vista despite that it will have as many security issues as XP. Too many consumers don’t know any better, have too many expensive Windows app, and Apple’s lack of advertising will ensure that Vista will be a hit.

    Anyway I will continue to enjoy my Macs. So long Jim. Don’t let a virus hit you on the way out.

  8. If there are Windoze users out there that haven’t learned anything over the past few years, and if they decide that Vista is going to be their next great OS, then as Mac users we should LET THEM HAVE IT and wait for the converts. We all know MS sucks here, so repeating it over and over again gets a little boring (except for some).

    I’d rather read about Mac news.

    If you want a good fight, take the comments to CNET where there are real Wincrap users to argue with

  9. Whatever. My Windows XP is fine. I didn’t use any virus software or firewall for a year while using a cable modem, and when I finally downloaded a copy of Symantec antivirus corporate edition, I found that I had zero viruses. It’s all about whether you use Firefox and Thunderbird (like I do) or whether you use IE and Outlook (like people with viruses do). Of all of my friends who use Windows, none of them have ever had a virus. Them again, all of them are programmers who know better than to use IE and Outlook.

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