Microsoft’s Windows Vista one year later: ‘the chrome has worn off the turd’

One year after Charlie Demerjian called Microsoft’s Windows Vista a “chrome plated turd,” he’s back to take another look:

“It has been a year since Vista was released, and I said I could not in good conscience go there. Since then, Vista has gotten a thorough airing, has been debated more than anything in recent memory, and for the vast majority, the chrome has worn off the turd,” Demerjian writes.

“[A year ago] I lamented the fact that MS was forcing me to use Linux against my will, but Vista was unacceptable to me on far too many grounds,” Demerjian writes. “To be honest, MS did try to engage me after I wrote that, but the sad thing is it was through bribery. I don’t use that word lightly, but there is nothing else I can call it.”

MacDailyNews Note: See the full article for more on the bribery.

Demerjian continues, “So, 12 months to the day after release, Vista is still a chrome plated turd, but due to direct abuses of the customer, much of that chrome has worn off. Activation servers that could never go down did for days.”

“Inviolate promises of user control over patching was shown to be far less important than MS needs to control your box, and hosts of other egregious violations show how much MS really cares about the people giving them money,” Demerjian writes.

Demerjian writes, “Until MS does a complete 180 on the anti-user aspects of Vista, it remains unsuitable for use to any rational person.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Stoo” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Get a Mac.


  1. How refreshing to read an article and all the comments that primarily pit the Vista nuts against the Linux crowd. Us Mac fanboys tend to think of everything in terms of Apple, but the Linux fans have the same arguments with the MS fanboys.

    Interestingly Linux fans and Apple folks are more than just allies against a common enemy, they are brothers with the same mother–Unix. In contrast, Vista is a bastard child.

  2. What’s amazing is that he “was forced to learn Linux” due to Vista, but his girlfriend uses a Mac. I wonder why he didn’t try her Mac, instead of being forced to learn Linux? Maybe because he didn’t want to replace hardware?

  3. > MS was forcing me to use Linux against my will

    Linux is getting much better as a client OS, but it’s NOT nearly as refined as Mac OS X. I tried Ubuntu, Fedora, and SUSE on my Mac through VMware Fusion. They work fine for common tasks like web-browsing, but I definitely felt a relaxing sense of comfort and well-being when I was back in the Mac environment. And while I would use Linux instead of Windows, there is no way I would use Linux instead of Mac OS X. As it stands now, PC makers like Dell are in for a disappointment if they believe Linux is a viable alternative to Windows for most of their customers.

    With no other alternative to Windows Vista, other than Windows XP, Apple’s competitors are in for a rough three to four years. Apple may actually achieve 20% U.S. market share for Macs during that time, since Mac OS X is the only true long-term alternative to Windows Vista for most customers.

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