MarketWatch commentator: Microsoft should kill Windows Vista, write it off as a big mistake

“I think Microsoft should euthanize Vista and write it off as a big mistake. Many consumers looking for a new computer also may prefer my idea. Because after June 30, Microsoft will stop most sales of its seemingly more successful operating system, Windows XP,” Therese Poletti writes for MarketWatch.

MacDailyNews Take: Windows XP is itself a bloated mess and very, very old; ancient in tech time. It’s been hopelessly outclassed by Apple’s Mac OS X for many, many years.

Poletti continues, “I am not alone in my lunacy, A group has formed to try to save Windows XP on the technology news site InfoWorld. (OK, the petition only has almost 194,000 signatures, but it legitimizes the notion that not everyone wants Vista.) The petitioners want Microsoft to keep selling Windows XP indefinitely — which is asking a lot, but compared with the alternative is understandable.”

“Just last month, two Gartner analysts wrote a bold report, discussing the problem Microsoft faces with its increasingly complex operating system,” Poletti reports. “‘In the development of ‘Longhorn’ [the code name for Vista], Microsoft came to the conclusion that Windows had become too big and complex, forcing a reset back to a known good code set based on Windows Server 2003, and this is a large part of the reason that Windows Vista delivered primarily incremental improvements,’ wrote Michael Silver and Neil MacDonald, the Gartner analysts who co-authored ‘Windows is Collapsing.'”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Get a Mac. You can even run bloated, old Microsoft OSes until you realize you never want to do so again.

50 Comments

  1. I worked in R&D;for many years and only once did I have a supervisor who called a meeting during a project and said ” gentlemen, I screwed up”, “We have to change the research direction”. This guy listened to the problems and made corrections as he went. Others I worked for would never admit a mistake.

  2. The software our company develops is very memory and graphics card intensive. There is absolutely now way we can switch to Vista. This means we’re forcing our customers to stick with XP. Thankfully the see us as a voice of reason rather than a boat anchor.

    Meanwhile corporate still doesn’t trust IE 7 enough to allow us to upgrade to that. Thank G-a-a-wd they’re indifferent about Safari & Firefox!

  3. “Microsoft should kill Windows Vista, write it off as a big mistake”

    That’s why more than 120 millions of persons already have Vista. That OS is okay. It just requires you to buy a 3 Ghz system. That’s the flaw.

    On the other hand, if you want a Mac, then you gotta be ready to pay more than the rest and be restricted to the Steve Jobs world…

    If you go Linux, you don’t have a lot of choice…

    Conclusion: The world of OS is very very sad… as a consumer, you don’t have a lot of options.

  4. “Windows had become too big and complex, forcing a reset back to a known good code set based on Windows Server 2003”

    errr, how exactly is that a ‘known good code set’?!?

    my goddess these people are seriously screwed up……

  5. Microsoft doesn’t make mistakes. The problem is Vista is misunderstood. Once end users finally wrap their heads around Microsoft’s revolutionary and wildly innovative OS Vista will take off. In other words, it isn’t Vista, it’s you.

    The ‘WOW’ hasn’t stopped for me, and the passion hasn’t stopped for Microsoft. What you MAC sheep don’t get is when Microsoft says “The WOW Starts Now” they mean it. It isn’t some empty marketing slogan some clueless MBA cooked up after being underwhelmed by bloatware. Vista is the OS all others are trying to catch, but won’t because Microsoft is passionate about quality, reliability and user experience. You MAC dorks have no clue.

    Your potential. Our passion.™

  6. @Mac+
    No, MS has shipped 120 million copies. Many of those went to corporations that immediately wiped the drives and installed their own images with XP on them. Others went to dealers that did the same thing for their customers. Many of the rest were wiped by the end users. Finally, there are the users too ignorant or brainwashed by MS marketing to replace Vista.

  7. “Vista. That OS is okay. It just requires you to buy a 3 Ghz system. That’s the flaw.”

    ummm, no, speed is not the problem with vista. as MANY people will tell you. and adoption isn’t the issue in a monopoly.

    “On the other hand, if you want a Mac, then you gotta be ready to pay more than the rest and be restricted to the Steve Jobs world…”

    to quote my favorite slashdot post ever. “i don’t believe you, i was so sure a Mac wasn’t priced the same as a Dell that i went comparison shopping and sure enough, i can’t make the Mac cost enough to equal the Dell.”

    kill off that BS meme, kthxbi.

    “If you go Linux, you don’t have a lot of choice…”

    choice in what? did you get anything right in this post?

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