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.

51 Comments

  1. A pig in a dress is still a pig ! No amount of marketing, including Seinfeld commercials is going to change that FACT. I don’t blame PC manufacturers for trying to give their customers a better experience, in spite of the presence of Vista. No doubt MS has some lemmings that will follow them right off the cliff. IE Windows 95, Windows 98, XP, Vista …. need I say more ?

  2. 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. —coolfactor

    @coolfactor: If you must be a moron, at least have enough self-respect not to advertise that fact to the whole world.

  3. @coolfactor

    Why the fsck do you want create, delete, rename from Open/Save dialogs? Clue: that’s NOT what they’re for.

    I’ll leave you to determine the stupidity of your other comment!

    =:~)

  4. Why do you want to Create, Rename, Delete from the Open/Save dialog?…
    There are many times I wish those options were there in OS X.

    Want to save a file to a folder that does not yet exist?…. why should you have to get out of the dialog, go create the folder separately in the Finder, and then return to the Open/Save dialog, navigate to the folder you just created and then save? Many steps could be avoided if this simple, and available in Windoze since at least XP, feature were added.

  5. “Want to save a file to a folder that does not yet exist?…. why should you have to get out of the dialog, go create the folder separately in the Finder, and then return to the Open/Save dialog, navigate to the folder you just created and then save?”

    What? In my OS X Save As dialog box, there’s an option to create a new folder without going to Finder separately…

  6. @ Huh? and elgarak

    Nah, you haven’t missed anything. A number of applications—that don’t follow Apple’s User Guidelines—implement their own File Open/Save dialogs. And they do it the wrong way.

    But you’re completely right: 7over is silly to blame that on Apple.

  7. why should you have to get out of the dialog, go create the folder separately in the Finder, and then return to the Open/Save dialog, navigate to the folder you just created and then save?

    I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a “save” dialog that doesn’t have a “new folder” option.

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