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.

50 Comments

  1. He’s absolutely correct that a Microsoft product is an insult. But the number one reason why some Windows users will resist switching to Mac no matter what pain Windows inflicts on them is… games [see following pages].

    For non-gamers or those satisfied by an occasional title like Call of Duty 2, there is no excuse [okay, there is at least three things you can do in Windows that have no equivalent Mac shareware apps…[keep hoping]].

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