Microsoft says: “Vista is not ME!!! We swear!!”
Does anyone remember Windows ME? If you do, I’m sorry. It was, in my opinion, the worst operating system to ever have been made. Some of the problems included instability, crashing on restarts, crashing on shut downs, crashing on mouse clicks, restoring viruses the user had already removed, the list goes on. It was single-handedly responsible for the mass suicide in TX. You think that was a religious cult? Those were IT managers that couldn’t take ME anymore. Here’s a hint Microsoft, when PC World dubs your operating system as the “Mistake Edition”, you know you’ve royally fucked up.
So now it’s 2008. We’ve had good success with Windows 2000 and Windows XP. XP Pro is actually a really good OS and a large majority of PC owners use XP Pro. Everything was running smoothly, but M$ knew that they needed a new operating system about every 5 years or so. So of course they release a new one, codenamed Longhorn and released as Vista a couple of years ago. The results? Click on the link to find out.
Vista has been met with a lot of criticism. The price is too high, it doesn’t work with a lot of hardware, etc. There have been reports of people actually downgrading to XP Pro just because Vista is so bad. So what does Mr. Gates and Co. do? They stop selling and manufacturing XP all together. So now people are stuck with either pirating copies of XP or paying the ungodly amounts of money for an OS that will only work on PC’s with good graphics cards and lots of memory. So to sum it up, Vista sucks, no one likes it and M$ is trying to stuff it down our throats.
In July of this year, Microsoft created “The Mojave Experiment”, a website depicting people viewing a computer OS that’s called Mojave but is actually Vista. Needless to say, the only thing the website really shows is people gushing about how easy it looks.
Here’s the link:The Mojave Experiment
Watch a couple of the videos and you will see my reason for this article. This is not an ‘experiment’ at all. There is no scientific evidence to support what they are doing. And here’s my biggest problem with it. They don’t tell the person that the laptop they are watching Vista on is probably a top-of-the-line computer. They don’t tell them the hardware issues Vista has had, nor the price. One guy even asked how much it cost and the ‘scientist’ responded, “Well I hate to tell you it’s free.” FREE?!?! Are you fucking serious?!? They even have a nice little button at the end of each video that says ‘Buy”. I clicked on it and here’s where it took me. A nice little page with $2,000 laptops that are ‘Vista Capable’.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I hate the way Microsoft is trying to handle the bad press that Vista has received. Well here’s a hint M$, when you release a product that is actually stable, with light hardware requirements at reasonable prices, you will see the consumer respond.
I just want to leave you guys with a little story. I was a senior in college and I was watching presentations in my senior IT project class. These presentation were over the projects we had been working on all semester and was 90% of our grade. My group had already gone so we sat back and watched this disaster unfold. The group that got up had a laptop running Vista. The guy who owned the laptop had been singing it’s praises all semester long and wouldn’t shut up. Let me tell you it was sweet justice to see him boot up Vista, try to start the presentation only to get the blue screen of death. I laughed my ass off.