Microsoft are at it again, they seem to be consumed with selective deafness and an automatic response to wave away any criticism as a “minor” issue. To help ensure people were forced to upgrade to Windows Vista with the hell that Vista entails, they set a date on allowing new XP license’s.
This meant that retailers selling new PC’s wouldn’t have a choice…..they’d have to install Vista, which in turn meant the customer didn’t have a choice….if they want a new PC with an operating system installed and ready to go…..they are stuck with Vista.
Vista has bombed, it’s being slammed from all angles. In short…..very few people want it….and Microsoft just don’t get it. Vista is great for retailers as people are forced in many cases to have to upgrade a reasonably new and reasonably high spec PC to be able to use Vista. Many users will find some of their hardware just won’t work, or at least give them a lot of hassle with unsupported drivers……even if it’s previously been given the “Vista OK” beforehand. Many users will be forced to buy new software too, as Vista won’t accept some older software.
Dell (the second largest PC seller in the world with 15.2% market share) had done what Microsoft wanted in January, and switched over to Vista, only to have their customer feedback site being swamped with customers who did NOT want Vista, and wanted XP instead. Dell have given in, and now allowed customers to buy a PC pre-loaded with XP.
How this will work from January 2008 is anyones guess, when Microsoft no longer allow new licenses for Windows XP. It may be a tipping point for Linux, or more likely leave people grumbling that they have no choice but to accept the wolf they didn’t want, and having to pay a fortune for it. Well done Microsoft.
Dell got more than they bargained for when they asked for feedback on Linux support too. Their site was flooded with people all requesting Dell PC’s with versions of Linux installed, mostly Ubuntu. I’d echo the Ubuntu support, but I do question the results in both cases….how many of those who gave feedback on the site are Dell customers, or would be if the changes were adopted? Dell have announced that they have “heard”, and will be investigating the Ubuntu angle further…..possibly to give their poor server a rest from the flood of feedback demanding Linux.
Personally I hope this does follow through to being available to buy. The various Linux communities tend to be rather loyal to brands which support their beloved Linux….if Dell gets its toe into that market as one of the first really big scale companies…..it may well gain itself a lot of kudos and future customers…..of which Vista will help the numbers rise.
A quote by Michael Silver, research vice president at analysts Gartner says it all. “This is really odd. On new PCs, consumers usually do want the latest and greatest.” Until Vista this was the case, people just do NOT want Vista, no matter how Microsoft try to spin it. Indeed Microsoft have brushed off the Dell decision as “responding to a “small minority” of customers who had a very “specific” request.”
They just don’t get it, as someone who has already fallen for Linux, I can happily sit back and watch as Vista chases more people into the Linux or Mac worlds than any positive campaign by either could do alone. For that, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in giving birth to the malignant tumor known as Windows Vista.
I have my own verdict of Windows Vista on a separate blog.