A couple weeks ago a Microsoft MVP screamed at the top of his blog that he’d give Vista 2 more weeks and then he’d leave for the murky waters of XP forever. Well some folks at Microsoft jumped onto the case and figured out the problem. I have co-workers and friends and acquaintances and people that I probably won’t ever talk to again tell me that they hate Vista so much that they’ll never use it. In some cases they never used it to begin with, but that’s a different tale. This guy rants about a sidebar app that he installed on his computer and developers jump on the case to solve the problem. I guess at the end of the day Vista doesn’t suck as long as you know people at Microsoft to help you make it work. Too bad all those other people out there will never gain the knowledge to make Vista work.
As for the second part of his rant, he states that Windows 7 will suck simply because it is built on the same core code that Vista is built on. That tells me that he really hasn’t given Vista much of a chance. Sure, the sidebar sucks up system resources like nobody’s business, and Aero Glass also takes more than its fair share of system resources. There isn’t anything that says you have to leave them running. My wife got a new Dell computer at work the other day. She was happy that it has Office 2007 on it, but she didn’t like how slow it was. She brought it home and I turned off the sidebar and changed the system theme to Windows Classic. That computer now screams! She even said it’s faster than her old computer, but I think that’s just because she hasn’t installed iTunes yet.
What’s the point, well the point is that the Vista core is really good. If you are contemplating a new computer you really should get Vista, but unless you have 8GB RAM and the best video card out there, I wouldn’t turn on all the goodness. Based on what I’ve seen in Vista, and remember I’ve been using Vista a lot longer than 95% of you out there, it is a killer Operating System. Windows 7 is going to kick ass based solely on what I know Vista can do. Then again, I haven’t even tried Windows 7 yet, but I’m betting I’ll have a copy in my grubby little hands in October. I’ll let you know more then.
In the meantime, don’t believe the Apple hype. Vista is a really good operating system.