CNET writer looks at ‘The colossal failure that is Microsoft Windows Vista’

“If you needed any further testament to the colossal failure that is Microsoft Windows Vista, just read this Wall Street Journal article detailing PC manufacturers attempts to design around Vista’s shortcomings, shortcomings that no amount of marketing are going to fix,” Matt Asay writes for CNET.

…[S]ome PC makers are trying to improve that [Vista] experience by adding their own proprietary software to their machines. In some cases, they’re creating new user interfaces intended to make Vista faster and easier to use. In other cases they’re replacing applications from other software companies with their own….

Today, Microsoft encourages PC makers to build software “on top of Windows Vista that enhances the customer experience,” according to an email from Lauren Moynihan, a senior product manager at Microsoft.

Asay writes, “This is the problem: they can’t. At least, not as much as they’d like. PC manufacturers are trying to stand out, but given that they’ve ceded so much power and control over the computing experience to Microsoft, the best they can provide is ‘Windows dressing.’ For Sony, HP, or other PC manufacturers hoping to create an Apple-esque experience, forget it.”

Full article here.


  1. New job classification at HP, Dell, Sony, et. al:

    Turd Polisher – responsible for improving the “Vista” experience by grafting custom software onto a pile of sh!t.

  2. Tell it to the folks at Mac 360, a once- respected and beloved (by me) website for Mac users. Sadly, after founder Tera Patrick passed away, there has been a mass exodus- the two remaining part-timers have done nothing lately but complain and trash Apple and its products. One of them, Kate McKenzie, has even bought an HP laptop, and seems to now prefer Vista to Leopard. This is truly a sad day for those of us who used to love the site and still love Apple and the Macintosh experience despite its current growing pains and imperfections- which still do not even minutely make them less superior a choice than the insanely mediocre and aggravating world of Windows. And Tera, I’m sure, would agree.

  3. Poo is Poo…
    It all smells.
    Even if you dress it up color, pictures and whole new exterior finish.
    Sony, HP, Dell and Lenovo can put lipstick on Windows it’s still going to smell and crash like Windows.

    It time the manufactures created their own. They want to compete then they are going to need to roll their own. This is the Apple Advantage they’ve been rolling their own from day one. Everyone else forgot how because they let their pusher Microsoft roll for them.

    If you what to stay in the game you got to roll your own.

  4. Tacitus writes, “Now all Apple has to do is say to IBM (Lenovo), HP & Sony, now here’s a licence for OSX…..”

    It’ll NEVER HAPPEN. OS X makes the Mac, and the Mac makes the money. Why would they give up 30% gross margins on hardware for much lower license revenue?

    The only scenario that makes any sense to me would involve teaming up with HP or IBM to sell Apple hardware into the enterprise. Apple might even design an enterprise-only headless Mac just for them, as they once had the eMac for the education market.

  5. @auramac,

    Kate McKenzie, and those of her ilk, are simply harlots.

    She probably bought a cheap-a** lappy and is now simply trying to justify the fact that she went over to the ‘Dark Side’ by saying to herself, and others, ‘It’s not so bad. See all the neat stuff it can do??’

    Tera would be ashamed if she were alive today.

  6. Mac OS X is still not ready for mass adoption. Apple is neglecting to fine-tune even their most basic apps, such as the Finder, between major updates. Why can folders only be created at the top-level of a expanded folder tree? Why isn’t full file management (create, delete, rename) available from with Open/Save dialogs?

    Small incremental improvements, not major improvements spanned a year and half apart, are what will make Mac OS X the best in all respects.

  7. @auramac
    Very well said. I removed their bookmark last week. Ron McElfresh has wrongly characterized the Mac experience for a very long time now. I’m all for fair criticism, but to say they’ve lost their objectivity is an understatement.

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