Infoworld: Microsoft’s WIndows Vista not so revolutionary after all

“I just finished previewing Vista Release Candidate 1 for the Test Center, and I suddenly realized I’m more underwhelmed than I anticipated. A few months ago, in this very column, I used the adjective revolutionary instead of evolutionary. I’m changing my mind,” Oliver Rist reports for Infoworld.

“Aero is slick, no doubt about it. But I have to say that the non-Aero interface, which I used on my anemic Gateway M-255E notebook, is slick enough. If Microsoft was going to deploy loads of programming talent to figure out a specific technical issue, I wish it had done it for WinFS or the full version of the Next Generation Secure Computing Base.,” Rist reports. “Instead, I now have a much slicker-looking version of Windows XP … along with significantly increased hardware requirements.”

Vista “really just adds up to a sexier XP experience. The Sidebar gadget-fest, for example, so far amounts to a power user’s toy store. And it’s nothing I can’t get on XP,” Rist reports. “I feel as though I go through this with every Microsoft OS release: a certain amount of anticipatory excitement when loads of new features are announced, and then a ‘Where’s the beef?’ moment when I actually see it running. I suppose that’s enhanced here somewhat because much of the beef I was hoping for wound up in the butcher’s freezer. As it stands, Vista is a worthy upgrade to Windows XP, but if RC1 is any indication, there’s no need to rush.”

Full article here.

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

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  1. Dear MDN – Anyone can find an anti-vista review…would you please take ona real challenge and find us a PRO-VISTA ARTICLE?

    I’d like to read what nice thinkgs someone says about Vista.

  2. i’ve a nice thing to say about Windows and would like it to be available on Macs: quick image previews.

    i can double-click an image in Windows and the picture viewer allows me to zip through images quickly. Can’t do that on 10.3. (I don’t have 10.4) I’m using Phonix Slides but it’s not the same as being built into the OS.

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