Forbes: ‘Windows Vista utterly unimaginative, internally discordant and woefully out of tune’

“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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  1. Isn’t it amazing? With reviews like this in mainstream media — Forbes, no less — the lemmings will still clammer. At a Tech Advisory Council meeting today – yes, today after Vista’s been hacked and scorned — one of the Business College faculty was distressed, very unhappy that we won’t be pushing Vista builds out until summer at the earliest. Isn’t it amazing?

    And no, it’s not all academics. It’s just the Business College that demands Vista and the low level dweebs in IT see Vista as permanent overtime and job security. Our campus (15,000 students) is 15~20% Mac; we have a plethora of Windows techies to keep things running and 1 “Mac expert.”

    “Windows ROI?” ROTF LMAO

  2. Upgraders will either stick with XP, load up a Beryl or Compiz enabled linux distro or switch to a mac. Only those looking to buy a new machine will consider a Mac. I agree with the Vista review, I played around with vista at office depot for a little while and found it very sluggish even on a new machine supposedly vista capable compared to an Xp machine. These bad reviews will probably push more home and corporate users to consider Mac and Linux.

  3. All this negative publicity is going to drive Microsoft to fix this thing – and I bet they can in spite of all the cynical trashing about how they can’t.

    Better to just let Vista get into wider circulation, let all the Windows users realize how hopeless it is to get out of the bind they are in with Microsoft and THEN they will consider switching.

    At just about that very moment in time, Steven P. Jobs will don his P. T. Barnum costume, take the stage and release Leopard.

    Better just hope it is not troubled with the kind of problems we are hearing about in the early reports AND that Lord Jobs fixes the hardware that it needs to run on.

  4. Wow. Any more reviews like that one and I might start feel sorry for Microsoft… just kidding. The truth is finally coming out. The “popular” media is no longer afraid to tell it like it is, or willing to give Microsoft a free pass. Bill Gates better cancel his remaining interviews, because it’s going to get painful going forward. With Leopard around the corner, 2007 may be a bigger year for Apple than anyone imagined.

  5. This guy isn’t holding anything back in this review. Gates and all of Microsoft should be embarassed with the garbage they put on the market. It’s really amazing that people still put up with sub par software.

  6. You know… I really think Microsoft really doesn’t care… Please visit the Zune website. There’s actually a typo! “Welcome to the Social” reads “Welcme” without the “o” ! That’s a howler! Billion dollar corporation that can’t spell? I wonder how many typos there were in the software code! (If you go there and it’s fixed, then believe me… there was a typo!)

  7. “Forbes: ‘Windows Vista utterly unimaginative, internally discordant and woefully out of tune’”

    Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?

    Watch for news headlines such as:

    “Microsoft HQ in Redmond firebombed by angry mob”

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