Posted 29 November 2007 - 08:06 AM
Frankly, I like Vista despite it's demands for more resources. It doesn't crash as often as XP did and it has more security and more troubleshooting tools. But it's not perfect - nor are we likely to see a perfect OS. A perfect OS will do anything that you ask it to - so what if someone else doesn't want it to do that? An OS is a compromise - and as it allows us choices it becomes more complicated.
Also, new OS's often suffer from growing pains - as the kinks that irritate users are worked out along with security, stability, and performance issues. That's the reason (IMO) that Service Packs were developed - it's a refinement of the OS.
Another issue is with the "newness" is wanting to use older stuff with it. IMO Microsoft has "shot themselves in the foot" by striving to maintain backwards compatibility. As the OS gets more complicated, it becomes more difficult to provide backwards compatibility.
But this is a business decision on their part - not an essential part of the OS. It keeps customers happy when they find out they don't have to buy all new software and hardware in order to use the new OS. Would you change OS's if you knew you had to get all new programs and hardware to use it? When Vista launched with it's increased hardware requirements it was a tough sell because most people needed a new system to take advantage of it - add to that all new programs and hardware and not many would have decided to upgrade (again, IMO).
There's also the "newness" issue. It's a great thing to have the latest OS - and it does give significant bragging rights (to some) early on. Then it becomes the "standard" - so if you don't have it, you're behind the times. Then it matures, and you'll be able to find everything that you want for it - but Vista's only be out for 10 months now so it'll take some more time to mature.
I liken it to buying a new car. When someone buys a new car they don't expect the old tires to fit it. And most people don't try to install all the accessories from the old car to the new one. And what happens if those accessories that they do try to install don't fit? They may go out and buy new one's - or they may wait until they become available (as the market matures).
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