“In the latest Mac versus PC ad, that put-upon Windows guy quietly concedes he’s ‘downgrading’ from Vista to XP. He may have good reason: new tests show that the older XP runs common productivity tasks significantly faster than Microsoft’s newest operating system,” Paul McDougall reports for InformationWeek.
“Researchers at Devil Mountain Software, a Florida-based developer of performance management tools, have posted data from their most recent Windows performance tests — and Vista, even after it’s been upgraded to the new Service Pack 1 beta package, is shown to be a laggard,” McDougall reports.
“Devil Mountain researchers ran a mix of tests comparing existing versions of the operating systems — the original Vista and XP SP2 — and versions that had been patched with the latest updates — Vista SP1 beta and XP SP3 beta. Tests were also run on machines with 1 Gbyte and 2 Gbytes of memory,” McDougall reports.
“Windows XP trounced Windows Vista in all tests — regardless of the versions used or the amount of memory running on the computer. In fact, XP proved to be roughly twice as fast as Vista in most of the tests,” McDougall reports.
“Microsoft rival Apple is seizing on the Vista backlash to promote its new Leopard operating system. Its latest ad is an attempt to portray Microsoft as a company that’s tone deaf to user concerns about Vista,” McDougall reports. “‘Ask not what Vista can do for you, but what you can do for Vista,’ says the PC guy, posing as a politico. Given the latest research, an increasing number of Windows users may end up seeking a new candidate.”
More in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “7over” for the heads up.]