“So far, Transit has been using Vista Business full-time for a fortnight. And so far, we’ve found nothing that works better than in Windows XP, dozens of things that are annoyingly different without being a functional improvement, and several things that work at best intermittently and at worst not at all. On the whole, we wish we’d never moved,” Angus Kidman reports for iTWire.
MacDailyNews Take: We know something that works far better than Windows XP: Apple’s Mac OS X. You shouldn’t have moved, you should’ve switched.
Kidman reports, “We should point out at the start that we migrated to Windows Vista under supposedly optimal circumstances. We waited for a few weeks before even thinking about it, so that we’d avoid any early release showstopper bugs. We purchased a machine from a prominent manufacturer (Lenovo) with Vista pre-installed, so we could avoid the upgrade nightmares that have plagued everyone else we know who’s been forced to shift to Vista… And we’ve deliberately kept the installed software on the machine to a minimum, to minimise the chance of an incompatible application blowout.”
Kidman reports, “For starters, it’s hideously slow — notably slower than our previous machine, despite the fact that the new model has twice as much memory and a much faster processor… The lack of anything approaching basic network functionality is our biggest complaint… We’ll give credit to Microsoft support for trying hard, but if you can’t get basic IP working in 2007, something pretty fundamental is going wrong.”
Kidman reports, “Outside of the basic functionality issues, there are dozens of minor changes that haven’t done anything to improve our productivity… We could go on — about the stupid interface in Windows Explorer, the non-existent search functionality, the arbitrary changes to menu names, even the horrible font choices. But the bottom line is that if we had shares in Microsoft, we’d be demanding changes more extensive than those that came between XP and SP2 to give this dog of a product any chance in the marketplace.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Rack up yet another stellar Windows Vista review. Microsoft should be ashamed, but they won’t be; instead, they’ll just pump up the ad budget for their latest mess and spend the next 5+ years trying to patch it.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Island Girl” for the heads up.]