“Windows Vista: more than five years in the making, more than 50 million lines of code. The result? A vista slightly more inspiring than the one over the town dump. The new slogan is: ‘The ‘Wow’ Starts Now,’ and Microsoft touts new features, many filched shamelessly from Apple’s Macintosh. But as with every previous version, there’s no wow here, not even in ironic quotes. Vista is at best mildly annoying and at worst makes you want to rush to Redmond, Wash. and rip somebody’s liver out,” Stephen Manes reports for Forbes.

Manes reports, “Vista is a fading theme park with a few new rides, lots of patched-up old ones and bored kids in desperate need of adult supervision running things. If I can find plenty of problems in a matter of hours, why can’t Microsoft? Most likely answer: It did–and it doesn’t care.”

Manes highlights a list of Mediocresoft’s Vista gaffes and reports, “One minor winner [is] file lists that update their contents automatically. You no longer have to hit View and Refresh to see files added since you last opened the list window. Macs, of course, have done this for years.”

“The new Mac-like ability to show thumbnails of documents and running programs is cute, but it doesn’t always work–typical of a level of fit and finish that would be unacceptable from a cut-rate tailor. Only in Windowsland will you find howlers like a Safely Remove Hardware button for memory card readers that happen to be hardwired into your computer,” Manes reports.

Manes writes, “Should you upgrade your current machine? Are you nuts? …My recommendation: Don’t even consider updating an old machine to Vista, period. And unless you absolutely must, don’t buy a new one with Vista until the inevitable Service Pack 1 (a.k.a. Festival o’ Fixes) arrives to combat horrors as yet unknown… As Bill Gates winds down his roles at Microsoft, Windows Vista may be the chief software architect’s swan song. It’s a shame his legacy is something so utterly unimaginative, internally discordant and woefully out of tune.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We don’t know what precludes Manes from clearly stating the obvious, but we’re under no restrictions here: Obviously the proper recommendation is not to wait for some Microsoft service pack to fix what’s wrong in this XP service pack, er, Vista, but to wake up and upgrade your personal computing life to an Apple Mac – the standard to which the imitators aspire, but never even begin to approach.

On the “chrome plated turd” scale of Windows Vista reviews, Manes scores quite well with:
• A vista slightly more inspiring than the one over the town dump.
• Vista is at best mildly annoying and at worst makes you want to rush to Redmond, Wash. and rip somebody’s liver out.
• Vista is a fading theme park with a few new rides, lots of patched-up old ones and bored kids in desperate need of adult supervision running things.

In related news Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates just cancelled their subscriptions to Forbes.

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