Vista Named Year’s Top Tech Disappointment

    December 18, 2007

At the top of nearly every tech list you can think of, there sits Google, and we’re sure this gets to one or two of the folks at Microsoft.  They probably didn’t desire a mention in a list called "The 15 Biggest Tech Disappointments of 2007," though, and Windows Vista actually wound up being number one.

Dan Tynan, who put it there, readily admits that Vista isn’t awful; it’s not as if the operating system eats puppies.  But he writes, "It’s just that Vista isn’t all that good.  Many of the innovations the operating system was supposed to bring–like more efficient file and communications systems–got tossed overboard as Microsoft struggled to get the OS out the door, some three years after it was first promised.  Despite its hefty hardware requirements, Vista is slower than XP."

And we have, after all, covered several stories about the slow adoption of Vista and how people have even returned from Vista to XP.  That’s pretty embarrassing, given that operating systems have traditionally been Microsoft’s mainstay.

Of course, Tynan continues, "We have no doubt Vista will come to dominate the PC landscape, if only because it will become increasingly hard to buy a new machine that doesn’t have it pre-installed.  And that’s disappointing in its own right."

Looks like it may be time to learn about Linux.