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Vista: A Dud or Just a Slow Achiever?

We've had a lot of fun with Vista -- not using it, but writing snide, occasionally witty comments about it. (For so many of us commentators, snideness is meant to be funny and imply authority, but admittedly it's often just cutting.)

In the case of Vista, our criticisms are warranted, as they come directly from you, the loyal Redmond Report reader. With nearly all Microsoft tools, as badly as they begin, they almost always end up smelling like roses. And Vista -- as folks get used to it and Microsoft adds some fixes -- will start to smell better soon.

Our latest report indicates that Vista opinions are very much a mixed bag. There are plenty of pundits that don't like it one bit. Research, however, shows that enterprises are slowly getting into swing. SP1 is coming, high-powered hardware is getting cheaper every day, and many users are learning about Vista through their new systems. And most everyone agrees that when it comes to security, Vista is clearly better.

The real answer comes from college students, the future of our country and the ones that will ultimately decide Redmond's fate. My daughter Lauren, an XP user, says that many of her college classmates use Vista because it came with the computers their parents just bought them. They don't all like it, and struggle sometimes to figure it out, but the darn thing does seem to work.

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/15/2007 at 1:15 PM


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