A good friend of mine often joins me in lampooning Windows Vista whenever we chat on the phone. We've thrown around the phrase that Vista is the new "Windows ME" a few times. Unfortunately, XP is now available only through eBay, buying an "ultra low-cost PC" (like the Eee), or as a free downgrade included with expensive Vista Ultimate or Business models from major PC manufacturers.
I decided to see what the devil's advocates of the "Vista Sucks" campaign had to say. I found Ed Bott. I like Ed Bott. And Ed Bott likes Vista. Reading his articles gave me a lot to think about when it comes to comparing Vista to XP. Here are some points that I learned by reading his articles:
- Slow enterprise adoption of any new Windows OS is expected and typical. You've probably heard this argument before. I suspected that it was only so much market-speak defensive spluttering. This article persuaded me otherwise.
- Vista SP1 performs as fast as XP SP3 in games. See Ed's explanation and some spot on editorial criticism of bad journalism here.
- Many "Vista Sucks" complaints can be attributed to bloatware loaded by PC manufacturers; a clean install (like I would do for any Windows OS) is a must.
Essentially, what my revised opinion comes down to is this: Since Vista no longer offends my gamer's sensibilities, and it can be pared down to near-XP resource usage, I'll use it when I need it. But it will take more than respect to get me to pay $200 for an operating system, no matter what it is.