Hard Times For Vista

    August 19, 2008
    Chris Crum

In an earlier article about Apple’s domination of the American Customer Service Index (ACSI), it was touched upon that the overall dissatisfaction with Windows Vista may have been a key factor in propelling Apple up the charts.

I have not seen a Taiwanese equivalent to the ACSI, but it is pretty evident that some people in Taiwan aren’t real fond of Vista either.

In fact, the Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission has launched an antitrust investigation into Microsoft’s practices.

The investigation was sparked by complaints from the Taiwanese Consumer Foundation about Microsoft using a monopoly to make people buy Vista.

It is no secret that Vista is not the most popular version of Windows to date. Reports circulating today are even suggesting that a third of Vista users are abandoning it to go back to XP.

Something tells me that Microsoft will be taking a much harder look at Windows 7 (the next version of the operating system) than it did at Vista before unleashing it on the world.

With as much controversy as Vista has sparked, I’d be surprised if the new one didn’t bear more resemblance to XP. If that is the case, you can count on plenty more "why not just leave XP alone" discussions online and off.

On the other hand, you can expect that either way.

ComputerWorld reports that there are 2,000 developers and 25 "feature teams" working on Windows 7. Let’s just hope that strength rather than bedlam is really in numbers.