Acer: Microsoft’s Windows Vista Home Basic is a lemon

“Leading PC manufacturer Acer has accused Microsoft of ratcheting up the cost of Windows by effectively forcing consumers to opt for the Premium version of Vista,” Jon Honeyball and Barry Collins report for PC Pro.

Honeyball and Collins report, “Acer claims that the Vista Home Basic – the new entry-level Windows – is so poorly featured that consumers will simply reject it. ‘The new [Vista] experience you hear of, if you get Basic, you won’t feel it at all,’ said Jim Wong, senior corporate vice president at Acer. ‘There’s no [Aero] graphics, no Media Center, no remote control.'”

“Wong claims that the manufacturer’s licence for Vista Home Premium is 10% more expensive than for XP Home… As a result, he claims the total cost of building a PC has risen by 1-2%, which is a significant increase in such a low-margin business… Acer isn’t the first PC manufacturer to complain about the inadequacies of Vista Home Basic. Other OEMs, including Evesham Technology, have told PC Pro that they have no plans to ship that version on their PCs as they feel there will be no consumer demand,” Honeyball and Collins report.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The whole Vista mess is a lemon. It’s Windows. Duh. When life presents you with a lemon, grab an Apple instead: Get a Mac, it’s awesome out of the box.

Other computers include software, it’s true. But once you start using that software, you find that you’re hobbled in some way or another. Software included with the Mac, on the other hand, is critically acclaimed as best in class. – Apple.

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46 Comments

  1. Just remember, Peter… two Wongs don’t make a right.. 😀

    When I read the limitations of Vista Basic, even though I’m used to Microsoft suckage, and even though I know Vista is the ultimate expression of six years of suckage in development… EVEN THEN, I’m still in shock and awe.

    Only address 256 MB of memory?
    Only run 3 applications at once?

    What possible REASON for these “features” could there be? I mean, these aren’t some fance “features” that were cut out for the cheap people, these are artificial limitations imposed simply to make the experience worse for the cheap losers.

    When you start this process of actually treating your customers like the cheap losers that you think they are, you are finished. I have to say, wishful thinking aside, I really now believe in my heart that Microsoft is on the big slide down to oblivion. I don’t know how long it takes to waste away several hundred billion in market cap, but I guess we’ll find out soon. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  2. Whenever I buy a new Windows PC for work (or have to re-install the OS on a current PC), I completely wipe out all the bundled software and install freeware or open source software. The bundled software is always inadequate: demos, feature-limited “special edition” versions, or unknown software that never gets updated. Good thing I have Mac at home. I only had to uninstall a few items.

  3. I foresee a consortium of companies that will develop a linux-based competitor. When that happens, Apple will grow, too while M$ will get cut off at the knees.

    I think the same’ll happen with the companies that got rear-ended by M$’s Zune plan. They’ll learn and when they get their act together, they’re going to undermine M$ very swiftly. The giant will fall with a resounding FUD. I mean, thud. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  4. One of my ex-employers decided to be cheap once and get XP home instead of XP pro on some new computers. Boy did we regret that move. XP home really sucks. The IT department got tired of it and ended up putting Windows 2000 on most of them.

  5. This is only the beginning of the 6 version Vista
    mess. There will be a lot of consumers complaining soon after they buy the wrong version of Vista missing the component they thought would be available and now having to go back for another version of Visa.

    It’s just dumb to make so many versions and the only thing I can think of for why they did this is to rip people off and then make them upgrade. Basically charge them twice because they were to confused to purchase the version of Vista with the function they really needed. And if Aero and other features are missing there is no reason to use Vista period.

    I say get a Mac. One operating system with all the features you need or could want and at 3 quarters of the price of Vista. $129 for OSX $400.00 for Vista.

  6. Speaking of Zune, I saw the first billboard ad for one along I-10 through California today. It said “Music the way it wants to be. Comingzune.com”. What a crock of shit.

    MDW “distance”. Smart people will distance themselves from Zune.

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