Microsoft is a much loved and much hated company. From the time Ms launched Win 98, there is heated arguement about Ms taking the place of Ibm as the most monopolistic and hated corporate tech giant. Redmond is a much hated name, even though realistically speaking some of their policies are much better than Apple and some of their products other than their OS like MS Office are still must installs as competition is nowhere in sight.
MS has always had problems competing with Apples OSX because of Apples excellent Human Interphase and ease of use. Their forte is marketing , which was on display when Vista was launched with great fanfare and touted as the next big leap forward for MS or the next big OS. Sadly when i just glanced over its technical requirements i thought … oh this just might be a Windows ME part deux.
Now Windows ME came out sometime between 98 and XP and we fondly called it the 1 week OS, because in most cases it could not survive longer that that.
MS like all good monopolies slowly withdrew XP from the market bu pushing OEMs to fall in line, forcing Vista on hapless consumers. Now Vista is Ms s attempt to get their Human interphase right, including giving it a cool look with Aero so as to compete with Apple and Kde.
Coupled with the higher hardware costs and their Drm and likes they made it very hard to pirate thus cutting themselves off from many users of the third world countries.
The MS interphase still lacks the intuitiveness and their help or error codes are legendary for misleading rather than simplifying and helping. With Vista they have in trying to simplicy things complicated them even more.Lots of my very inquisitive friends who switched to vista have got XP cravings within a week or two.
Large corporates like Dell are now offering XP again and the Oems are also planning to do so. Redmond can make first time users go for vista through marketing but will it effectively convince the repeat buyer or the geek?
Is Ms by pushing Vista loosing out on customers who are heading towards greener pastures of the rapidly developing Linuxworld?