Alas poor Vista, I knew it wellMikey 10 comments
Windows Vista, despite now being a permanent blemish on Microsoft's record, is not a bad OS. Sure it had issues early on, with things that should have been trivial but instead being a nightmare - copying files over a network comes to mind. And some things weren't Microsoft's fault, like the early lack of driver support.
Now Windows7 is on the horizon which Microsoft made available to the public in beta form last week. After a few weeks of full time use I can state with certainty that Microsoft are finally on the right track. So far I've had zero crashes, boot times are lighting fast, the overall performance is significantly improved, Vista drivers work fine, all my applications work, games play great, the eye candy and UI has improved, and there are a bunch of really cool new features, like the 'Libraries' which I now simply can not live without.
So with a new OS that even in beta form running this good, what does that say about Vista? Is Vista the new Windows Me? Probably, and it's also in this authors humble opinion a good reason to give Windows7 to Vista owners at a fair cost. Call it a "thanks for buying our unfinished donkey, now here's what you really should have gotten for your money in the first place" fee.
There are plenty of blogs out there saying that Windows7 should be absolutely free to all Vista owners, many of them without even having tried the new OS. But I disagree. There is plenty to get excited about in Windows7, and certainly some things that were never intended to go in Vista. It's a very polished OS and hard to believe it's a beta product, but it's still a new OS and has enough new features in it to make committed Vista users consider never going back (including myself) after having put the Windows7 beta through the paces. But I do think Vista owners should be compensated in the form of a reduced cost. Will it happen? Bill Gates will switch to Mac before that happens.
If you haven't tried it yet, and you can spare 2.5gb and a blank DVD, you will be pleasantly surprised. Based on my experiences this past few weeks I have already decided that Windows7 will be my new OS of choice in favour of Vista. I just hope the price is right.