Analyst: Windows Vista UI is step back in Microsoft’s pursuit of Apple’s Mac OS X

“Vista’s user interface suffers from more ‘friction’ than its predecessor XP, a French analyst said today, and is actually a step back for Microsoft Corp. in its pursuit of Apple Inc.’s Mac OS X,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.

Keizer reports, “In a reprise of research published last year, French analyst Andreas Pfeiffer oversaw testing of what he calls ‘User Interface Friction,’ the fluidity and/or reactivity of an operating system to commands. He likens UIF to the reaction — fast or not — when stepping on a car’s accelerator. ‘We realized that there are many things you don’t easily capture when you do normal benchmarking, such as elements in the user interface that slow down the user,’ Pfeiffer explained.”

Keizer reports, “Among the tests run last year — when Pfeiffer matched up Windows XP against Mac OS X — and this year, when he added Vista, were benchmarks that quantified menu latency, common desktop chores, and precise mouse positioning.”

“‘Windows XP was a major step forward from Windows 98, but Vista is back to where 98 was,’ Pfeiffer said… In every benchmark, Windows scored significantly poorer than Mac OS X, which is far more ‘fluid’ than Microsoft’s OSes, according to Pfeiffer,” Keizer reports.

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MacDailyNews Take: Looks like times are tough in the business of faking Macs. And it’s about to get much tougher.

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37 Comments

  1. An interesting comparison, that of stepping on a car accelerator, but highly accurate. One of the most frustrating things in my usage of Windows computers has been startups, of which there are many. Until that QuickLaunch bar in the bottom right has done loading all its stuff, forget about opening or getting anything done at any reasonable rate of speed. Not so on my Tiger. Startups are quick, and once I log in I can get started immediately.

    Microsoft truly does get in the way of productivity.

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  3. I wouldn’t point out latency. The Mac UI is a bit sluggish- even on good HW. I have had good HW G4-G5-CoreDuo and can tell you that it’s not where it should be.

    I really don’t care about Windows, which I only use when paid to, but the Mac UI is still not what it should be. Better than 10.0-10.3, but not where it should be on good HW.

  4. And for you lucky dogs smart enough to buy:
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    There’s the new NORTON 360 ! ! ! Woohoo!

    It’s anti-virus, anti-phishing, extra firewall protection, PC tune-up and MORE!

    Said Symantec, “We didn’t want to make it a big old kitchen sink.”

    So, they’re selling you lucky Windows suckers a big, NEW kitchen sink!

    Because Vista is bulletproof.

    Unfortunately, bullets aren’t the problem. But they could be part of the solution.

  5. “I wouldn’t point out latency. The Mac UI is a bit sluggish- even on good HW. I have had good HW G4-G5-CoreDuo and can tell you that it’s not where it should be.

    I really don’t care about Windows, which I only use when paid to, but the Mac UI is still not what it should be. Better than 10.0-10.3, but not where it should be on good HW.”

    I totally agree.

  6. “In Vista, a folder fades in, as if it appears out of nothing. It looks great, but after 10 times you realize you’re losing time waiting for that.”

    The result of choosing form over function and proffering gimmicks to capture mindshare.

    How many creatures in nature have developed an extremely attractive “hook” designed lull its prey into a hypnotic trance and who, when caught looking, are stabbed and paralyzed, or swallowed whole?

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