A Windows Vista reality check for Microsoft

“Judging by the grief that Microsoft is getting over delays in the release of Windows Vista, and the buzz surrounding the price it plans to charge for the next generation operating system, you’d think we were all hankering to get our hands on this hot new piece of software,” Owen Thomas writes for Business 2.0.

Thomas writes, “Don’t believe the hype: There won’t be lines around the block at midnight when Vista hits store shelves early next year, analysts say. ‘I don’t expect anyone’s going to be camping out at Best Buy waiting for this product,’ says Citigroup equity research analyst Brent Thill. ‘I think the pace of adoption will be slower than the market expects.'”

“‘Consumers perceive what they have as good enough,’ says Joe Wilcox, an analyst at JupiterResearch. ‘A pattern we saw with Windows XP is that people would buy an XP machine and keep the older machine with the older operating system. They don’t see the benefit of upgrading the older machine.'”

MacDailyNews Take: Good enough? Some people have really low expectations. That’s sad.

Thomas continues, “The modest expectations for Vista do give rise to a radical question: How many tens of thousands of engineers might Microsoft have fired, and how many billions of dollars might it have saved if it had just not bothered to develop Vista in the first place? Most of us would have kept buying Windows anyway.”

MacDailyNews Takje That’s even sadder, but don’t bank on people continuing to buy Windows anyway. Apple has other plans. Embrace first, then extinguish. Most people think they need Windows. People who buy a MacBook or iMac now because it will allow them to run Windows will quickly find out what every Mac user already knows; they’ll find themselves booting Windows less and less out of preference for Mac OS X.

Thomas continues, “Microsoft’s at long last trying to leverage its monopoly power by raising prices. Of course, it’s doing it in a subtle way. The Basic version of Vista is priced similarly to the last version of Windows XP at $199 for a retail license. But Microsoft is betting that PC makers will want to push higher-end machines that run Windows Vista Premium. Microsoft won’t comment on the prices it charges PC makers for Windows, but analysts believe Microsoft will charge them about $40 more for that version of Vista as well.”

“The end result: The average price of Windows will go up, even as most other components that go into a PC drop in price,” Thomas writes. “Will Vista Premium be worth the extra cost? Essentially, the features you get with the more expensive version are better security, a prettier user interface, and the audio-video software formerly found in Microsoft’s Media Center edition of Windows XP. That doesn’t seem like a lot for five years’ work, or for $40 extra.”

“So here’s a modest proposal: Boycott Vista. Keep your old Windows XP PC around. Don’t buy a new one. That’s the only way we have to let Microsoft know Vista is an overhyped, late, and pointless update to XP – a perfectly fine operating system,” Thomas writes.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Tom S.” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: One tiny clarification: Windows XP is a “perfectly fine” operating system if you don’t know any better and/or you’re a masochist. Somebody send Owen Thomas a Mac, so he can see how silly he sounds. We have a better proposal: Get a Mac.

For our Windows-only visitors via Google News and elsewhere: Are you really going to spend that kind of money on an operating system that is trying so desperately to be Apple’s Mac OS X? Most likely, you’re going to need a new computer to run Vista anyway. Why not use that money toward a new Mac instead? Install your current copy of Windows XP on it via Apple’s free Boot Camp or Parallels US$79.99 Desktop for Mac. From what we see, you won’t be missing out on much by ignoring Windows Vista (some call it “Windows XP SP3”) and you’ll be gaining so much more with Apple’s virus-free Mac OS X and iLife applications running on elegant and inexpensive Intel-powered Apple hardware.

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Symantec researcher: At this time, there are no file-infecting viruses that can infect Mac OS X – July 13, 2006
Sophos: Apple Mac OS X’s security record unscathed; Windows Vista malware just a matter of time – July 07, 2006
Computerworld: Microsoft Windows Vista a distant second-best to Apple Mac OS X – June 02, 2006
Analyst: Windows Vista may still impress many consumers because they have not seen Apple’s Mac OS X – January 05, 2006

Now is the perfect time to consider trying something new (and you can still run your Windows applications, too)! At some point in your life, you’ve probably told someone, “You don’t know what you’re missing,” right? Well, we’re saying that to you today. Get a Mac! You deserve it. And the Mac community will be here to support your new adventure every step of the way. Why do we care what you use? Do it and you’ll find yourself telling people to “Get a Mac,” too. Switching from Windows PC to Mac really is a revelation.

Find out more about Mac OS X Tiger here: http://www.apple.com/macosx/tiger/
And Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard (coming spring 2007) here: http://www.apple.com/macosx/leopard/

Apple’s Intel-powered MacBook starts at just $1099. And, Apple’s Intel-powered iMac starts at only $1299.. Apple’s Mac mini starts at just $599 (For $200 more than a box of Vista Ultimate, you get a Mac, Mac OS X, iLife, and so much more)!

Don’t just take our word for it (we are MacDailyNews, after all). Check out the related articles below and see what independent reviewers have to say about the Mac and Mac OS X:

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  1. ‘Consumers perceive what they have as good enough’

    I’d like to change that phrase to, ‘Consumers perceive what they have isn’t bad enough to warrant the risks and turmoil of jumping to Vista’

    Tiger is “good enough” for me. But I can’t wait to see how much better Leopard will make my Macinations!

  2. “MacDailyNews Note: Good enough? Some people have really low expectations. That’s sad.”

    This is exactly what Apple has been doing with the premature releases of its machines. Then, all kinds of problems, i.e.: exploding PowerBooks, over heating galore, random shutdowns, white cases turning yellow/brown, etc.

    Exactly what’s happening with their software, especially iLife (except for iTunes).

    So, MDN, please issue same warning to Apple otherwise their dream of growth in market share will vanish when they wake up.

  3. Go back out

    to the shed son,

    you’re still grounded.

    Sorry folks, his mother and I have no idea where he learned to talk like that. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”sick” style=”border:0;” />

  4. Peterson or whatever your screen name will be next post,

    Apple did a transition to Intel for both their hardware and software over less than a year. Surprise, there were some growing pains.

    When you look how long it took Microsoft to make a minor upgrade from XP to Vista you can see that the Mac software upgrade alone was a minor miracle.

    When you consider that Macs have fewer problems than all other PC manufacturers and all other manufacturers have been making Intel PC’s for years then the hardware upgrade was also a minor miracle.

    For Act III, His Steveness will be turning water into wine.

  5. I think it’s ironic that Apple is adopting Mafia$oft’s “embrace and extinguish” strategy that they detailed as part of their ALOS plans (Apple, Linux, Open Source – from internal Mafia$oft documents that were leaked around 2004 detailing their “embrace and extinguish” strategy for their perceived largest threats – Google it, you’ll find it), and Apple is executing it better! That part is not surprising.

  6. toonie,

    Nothing a little self-righteousness won’t cure, eh?

    Well personally, I do need to bash, and I’m gonna bash, cause I can bash. But all bashing aside, Windows needs to go away, if not completely, at least a long ways away. You know it – and so does everyone else on this thread.

    But have a great day.

    MDN: “could” – As in Can and Will

  7. Mr. Peabody makes an excellent point.

    (On the other hand, we Mac users don’t make it real easy for Windows users hauling around that kind of dogma, to switch. We tend to give the impression that we’re looking over the fence taunting them to switch…).

    I, for one, (being USUALLY Right), have toned it WAY down, when I caught myself straight up, mid-sentence, speaking in a condescending fashion to a frustrated Windows user (much in the the manner which you would expect from someone who’s moniker used to be ALWAYS right!)

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    It’s true, you catch mor bees w/ honey, than with vinegar.
    (Unfortunately, I am allergic to the fuckers.)

    Actually, the view is quite nice down here (off of my high horse).
    Since I’ve stopped preaching and baiting, coupla’ friends have even APPROACHED ME, especially, I believe, because they noticed that I didn’t jump all over every chance to point out thier stupidity for using winbloze at every opportunity that arose.

  8. MS-DOS 6.22

    It runs the venerable WordPerfect (far superior to MS Word), Lotus 1-2-3 for spreadsheets, QBasic for quick proogramming tasks, great games like SimCity 2000, and so much more!

    Who needs this fancy Windows stuff.

    Just configure your autoexec.bat and config.sys and you’re ready for the Big Leagues!

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