“Vista has proved to be a disappointment, even though Microsoft says it’s selling like hotcakes. Based on my own experience and on reports from readers, it’s clear that many Vista PCs start up more slowly than new PCs running its predecessor, Windows XP, or than even well-worn Macs. And there is still a significant compatibility problem: Too many software and hardware products still don’t run, or don’t run properly, with Vista,” Walt Mossberg writes in his annual fall PC buyer’s guide for The Wall Street Journal.
“So, if you’re shopping for a new Windows computer, one of your first decisions is whether you want to get Vista, which comes on almost all new models, or to stick with Windows XP,” Mossberg writes.
MacDailyNews Take: This is what it’s come to in Windows PC Land (aka Personal Computing Hell): Get a bloated Windows Vista that’s plagued with incompatibilities and frustrations while trying desperately (and failing) to look and act like an older version of Apple’s Mac OS X or go with an old (released on October 25, 2001 — six years ago!), upside-down and backwards Windows XP that’s still trying desperately (and failing) to look and act like Apple’s Classic Mac OS. Sheesh.
Mossberg continues, “Your other option is to shun the Windows dilemma and buy a Macintosh. I regard the Mac operating system as superior to Windows, and Apple embeds it in beautifully designed machines. Macs have been spared the plague of viruses and spyware that afflicts Windows, and have better built-in multimedia software.”
Full article here.