Microsoft’s Windows Vista: Five years for a chrome-plated turd

“Microsoft’s Windows Vista “will launch today with fanfare, parties, hypocrisy, hollow promises and tame reviews. For me, it is something different, it makes me sad. MS will tell you that Vista is the next great thing in every way, it took billions of dollars to develop, millions of man-hours, and undoubtedly will be the best selling OS ever launched. The problem is that Vista brings almost nothing to the table that can’t be described by as three year old as ‘shiny,'” Charlie Demerjian writes for The Inquirer.

Demerjian writes, “Let’s look at it this way, ask yourself what good new features Vista brings to the table. Most will respond that it has Aero Glass, a really pretty UI. How may other things does it bring that are positives? I can’t honestly think of one, and I’ll bet if you ask the next ten people you run into, they won’t be able to tell you any either. Repeat the same exercise in the negative, what bad new things does Vista bring? Massive crushing DRM infections, unacceptable licence terms, bloated hardware requirements, and a list of cut features long enough to paper your bathroom. To be fair, the next ten people you ask probably won’t know that part either.”

MacDailyNews Take: Why do Apple’s Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger’s Aqua GUI features work just fine here on a dusty old 400MHz Blueberry iMac G3 with 192MB of RAM on an ATI Rage 128 graphics card with just 8MB VRAM with a 10GB hard drive with only 400MB free (okay, so Widgets don’t ripple when dropped on the Dashboard, but everything important works), but to run Vista’s Aero GUI it takes at least a 1GHz CPU with a minimum of 1GB RAM with a 40 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB free and a minimum of 128 MB of graphics memory? To run the inefficient and derivative “Flip3D” feature from Vista, it takes that much hardware, but an over 7-year-old iMac G3 we have sitting around can use the superior Mac OS X Exposé with no problem? Just how inefficient is Microsoft’s spaghetti code? Related article: Microsoft botches another copy job: Windows Vista Flip3D vs. Apple Mac OS X Exposé – June 26, 2006

Demerjian continues, “If this is all the billions, man-hours and years brought, what was the point? We get a bloated, DRM infected rights removal tool that advances the state of the art to where Apple was the better part of a decade ago, and we are supposed to call this progress? Puh-leeze.”

“MS is in a rut. The firm has cowered, co-opted or bought all the critics, and any message coming out of the press will be well scripted. Possibly the last big OS ever made is going to be a chrome plated turd, no one has the guts to say it, everyone will pretend it is great because everyone pretends it is great,” Demerjian writes.

Full article, “Vista makes me sad; Five years for a chrome-plated turd,” here.

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

MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft should be embarrassed and they probably are, but we likely won’t hear about it until the internal emails are released in some court of law 5-10 years down the road.

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  1. Where’s the fanfare? The long lines and the front door sleep-overs? I have yet to see a single television commercial promoting the “greatest” OS ever developed!

    Where is the Microsoft marketing (RDF) machine?

  2. Saw Gates on CNN,

    Miles was pretty good, said it looks alot like OS10,

    Gates went on about the inovation that is far ahead of Apple,


    ” the first OS to have Parental controls”

    “Most advanced OS ever”


  3. This whole situation is weird. It’s like a true, real life version of The Emperor’s New Clothes!

    Everyone who’s knowledgeable about computers knows Vista is a pile of shit, but the masses are still gonna buy it.

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