It's not official yet, but a lot of people and news sources are proclaiming Windows Vista to be a disaster. Some are comparing Vista to be a disaster on the scale of Windows Millenium. Some sites will tell you that Microsoft is about ready to cut bait on Vista and move on to the next OS.
I personally have taken great pains to remove Vista from my laptop and install Windows XP instead. I don't consider myself to be a typical user, however. I expect great performance from my applications, and from my computer hardware. I wasn't getting it.
I'm not down on Microsoft, mind you. There will be growing pains with any major new OS release. There are more computers out there now than when XP was released. A ton more peripherals are on the market now also, both old and new. Still, people expect their applications and components to all work seamlessly with the next OS. It is a reasonable, yet hard to deliver upon expectation.
Moving forward, let's take a look at a few of the good things about Windows Vista. I have put together a poll of 20 random Windows Vista user to find out what they LIKE about Vista. That's right, some people actually found some GOOD point regarding Vista. I asked each person in my informal survey to name three things they like about the OS.
Let me preface the review of this chart by saying that a lot of the things some people consider positives about Vista, other people consider negatives. In the next day or so I will publish a similar article entitled "What people dislike about Windows Vista".
Not surprising, almost everyone surveyed approved of the Aero theme in Vista. It is very aesthetically pleasing, and it is something I missed when I went back to XP.
The other positives many people agree on are Security and the Search features. Vista feels and I think actually is, very secure. The UAC (User Access Control), while a pain in the butt at times, does make it fairly difficult for someone to hijack your PC. The Search features of Vista are nice also, but it comes at a cost. The indexing service in Vista seems to ALWAYS be running in the background, and is ALWAYS hogging our valuable PC resources. Is it worth it?
Several people identified the interface as being superior. I'm not sure if they meant the UI was actually better, or just prettier.
The rest of the items on the list were noted by just a few. I've had problems with performance, the compression utility, compatibility and stability in my trial run with Vista. Apparently others have not.
Vista - pretty and secure. Next time I'll look at what survey respondents considered to be weaknesses of Windows Vista.