Refusing Vista

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.

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8 Responses to “Refusing Vista”

  1. Refusing Vista « Pebcac’s Playground Says:

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  2. Dmitri Says:

    Hmm, I sure won’t be running Vista – and not just because I need a new graphics card for Aero. The thing is, I have everything I need already. I don’t see how I would end up using Vista unless Microsoft starts making its software Vista-only, in which case I can almost see myself writing documents in InDesign. 🙂

  3. Dirk Gently Says:

    I haven’t done a check for my hardware compatibility, for the simple reason that there is no way in hell that a Vista disc will ever get within touching distance of my PC. I found this BBC report which illustrates another point about the compatibility test, and it’s value.

  4. Michael Says:

    As some one who has been running Vista since November, I have to say I will never go back to XP again. There are just too many things in Vista that I like, and I am not talking about eye candy, although that is a bonus.

    We now have 3 Vista machines at home and the office is slowly adopting it (we are Microsoft Gold Partners so we get a tonnes of Vista licences for nothing), and everyone I personally know who has tried it has good things to say.

    But I do understand a lot of the concerns. Driver support for one. But this is not much (if any) different to the early days of Windows XP. Lack of drivers, some software compatibility issues, and people crying “This sucks! I am gonna stick with Windows 98”. Well all those Win98 users eventually went over to XP (the ones that stayed with Windows) when these issues went away, and I don’t see Vista being much different.

    If anything will stop Vista’s wide spread adoption, it will be the price or abandonment in favour of a different platform. Driver issues and bugs, like all new OS’s, will be resolved slowly over time.

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  6. Michael Says:

    Wayne says: “I don’t want to have to buy a new printer because HP won’t write Vista drivers for its older printers. I don’t want to have to buy the latest anti-virus when the licensed software I have for XP works just fine.”

    Sound familiar? Did you buy a new printer and new anti-virus software when WinXP came out? Probably not. You probably stuck with Win98 (or 95!) until there was better driver/software support for XP, and then made the switch.

    XP, right now, is robust and fast. But when it first surfaced we all thought it was lame and lacked good drivers, and it copped the same remarks that Vista is copping right now.

    The moral of the story? Vista is still an infant. With every OS that is released, compatible driver/software takes time. It will not surprise me at all if many of the Vista bashers are running it in a year or 2.

    That said, I do agree it is over-priced.

  7. Dirk Gently Says:

    Driver support will get better, I agree…..who knows maybe the accuracy of the WGA might get better too. Maybe Microsoft will work out how to set it so that it won’t think you have a new PC, and therefor need a new license when you upgrade one of your components. Maybe you will get lucky with every piece of software you install that it won’t trigger the DRM. Maybe you never had a use for all that extra RAM you had to get, just so Vista could look nice and pretty.


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