Is Windows Vista the biggest PR failure in Microsoft's history? I don't remember the criticism being this bad a year after XP was launched, nor any of its predecessors. Of course, slagging off Microsoft's latest operating system launch is nothing new, but according to over 3,000 people who answered our recent poll, the disapproval has reached new extremes. Twice as many of those who responded would rather have XP installed on their new PC or laptop than Vista.
The long development cycle for the latter has surely had a big hand in the widespread criticism. People hated Windows ME, for example, too, but it was launched at a time when Microsoft was releasing operating systems far more regularly. After the five-year build up to Vista people were expecting something really special, and they just didn't get it.
A number of Vista's biggest selling points have failed to excite users. The flashy 3D interface may have impressed initially, but many have been left wondering whether it's a worthy use of the extra processing grunt required to power it. Microsoft also spent five years telling us that Vista would be its most secure operating system ever, but inclusions such as User Account Control (UAC) have been derided as being too intrusive and, ultimately, a real nuisance.
Microsoft, Operating System, Windows OS, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Poll