I recently got a lovely new Toshiba Portege R500 laptop (can you say “under 2 lbs, including optical drive?”), and was surprised to see that it came with XP – I sort of figured new Windows machines would be shipping with Vista. But at least so far, I haven’t seen any compelling reason to install Vista on it (I am running Office 2007, which I like better than the previous Office version).
And then yesterday I happened upon this opinion piece in eWeek by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols titled Night of the Living Vista which says:
Today, I think of Vista as the zombie operating system. It stumbles around, and from a distance you might think it’s alive, but close up it’s the walking dead.
The first sign that Vista was in real trouble was when major vendors started to offer XP again on new machines.,
and goes on to say:
Now you might think some of this is legacy backlash. People don’t like change. They’d rather use Windows 2000 than XP, Windows 98 SE than 2000,and Windows ME more than…well, OK, no one liked ME. But I’ve been through these cycles many times before. This is different.
XP SP2, with XP SP3 finally due to show up soon, is not only the best Windows to date, I can’t think of a single reason to switch from XP to Vista. I’m not talking a good reason, I really mean any reason.
Interesting, to say the least. Is this a serious issue, or just the inevitable major upgrade backlash/lag? (Just think about how many people took their sweet time upgrading their Macs to OS X, for instance).