Vista is underrated

Looking at PC World’s The 10 Most Overrated Productslist this morning I came accross one near and dear to me: Overrated: Windows XP; Underrated: Windows Vista

I have been using Vista for well over a year now. Love it. Absolutely love it. One of the reasons I do what I do is that I love technology. Not for technology’s sake, although sometimes just showing off the gadgets to your friends and family is cool. No, I love technology for the things it lets us accomplish and the opportunities that it opens up.

Loving technology means embracing the changes as progress and seeing the new possibilities in it. That doesn’t mean necessarily being the first to do it – just look at how long it took me to start blogging. But let’s consider the backlash that Vista is still getting almost 2 years after release. Why? I think that, as silly as it is, the Mac and PC ads played a role in geting people to dislike Vista without ever seeing it. Also, many hardware manufacturers did not release Vista compatible drivers for quite a while after it was out – that was a little difficult to overcome, although most of our peripherals worked just fine without Vista drivers. And yes, the machines that can run XP may need some more RAM, etc. to be able to run Vista.

But was there ever a new Windows desktop operating system that everyone thought was just fantastic on the first day and didn’t require more hardware than the previous operating system? I don’t think so. What is so different about Vista?  I personally think it’s high time to embrace Vista and I am glad to see it finally getting some good press.

4 Responses to “Vista is underrated”

  1. David,

    Thanks for the link, I had not heard of that before. That is amazing – and totally not suprising! 🙂



  2. If fact, Vista adoption rates have exceeded those of Windows XP in 2001, but aside, I believe what most consumers truly disliked was the drastic change in the interface and the pesimistic security model, but wait… this happened too when we moved from 98 to XP. As you mentioned, these cycles are repetitive with the launch of each Microsoft operating system and it will be no different with the release of Windows 7.



  3. I couldn’t agree more. I shudder when I have to work on an XP machine and I see lots of professionals who can’t figure out what the fuss is over Vista. If you’ve got good drivers and a decent system, it works just fine. Nothing works well with crappy drivers, not DOS, Win 95,98 or XP.



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