Posted by: David Vasta
Vista, Windows Vista
The malignment of Windows Vista has reached a new height: A Texas lawmaker added a provision to the state budget that would effectively ban Vista from being purchased by any state government agency.
The rider says that any agency must get written approval from the Budget Board before buying any Vista products, and the guy who inserted it said its intent was to block them from buying the operating system. Hinojosa, Senate Finance Committee vice chairman, said, “We have a lot of problems with the Vista program. It had a lot of bugs. It takes up a lot of memory. It’s not compatible with other equipment, and it’s supposed to be an upgrade from the XP program that is being used by state agencies, and it’s not.”
I would agree, it’s not an upgrade of any kind. Everyone says the problem is they changed the interface, only Apple did that with MacOS X and there has been almost 100% acceptance of that OS vs. the crap that is VISTA.
So me being as a person that uses facts to build an opinion I contacted 10 (round number and easy to work with) IT people I know at 10 different companies about this topic.
10 People 5 of which are in Medium Sized companies (over 3000) people, and 4 in small (under 1000) companies, then the last person is a consultant, which becasue he is all over the place shines the brightest light on this topic from all angles.
Before we get into the 10 people I talked too, my current employer is a Microsoft friendly company with 25,000 users and the only VISTA installed is for testing. It’s not allowed in production.
Back to the 10 IT people. So three groups:
5+4+1 = 10
Just doing the math to throw you all off.
Of the LARGE group only one admitted to having more than 5 copies of VISTA inside their company. The other 4 said 2 -3 at best. It was because some senior level person had purchased a PC and not talked to IT and just got it with VISTA installed or in a few cases demanded that they get VISTA. In all 5 none of them have deployed VISTA. This is interesting in that I would have expected 2 of them, being large Microsoft shops, would have deployed more VISTA than they have. But it was not the case. I then asked WHY?
The answers we all about the same the only variance was the level of detail provided. Mostly Education of the new product, cost, compatibility, and performance.
The SMALL group had almost the same experience. In fact one of them admitted to having to remove VISTA on a large number of PCs that were purchased and replaced it with XP due to a compatibility issue with te hardware that came with the certified VISTA PC and some application they ran. It could crash VISTA no matter what they did and all Microsoft would do was blame the hardware vendor, which was certified to work with VISTA. Interesting. 2- 3 per company was the norm and for all the same reasons.
So out of the first 9 IT people there were no large VISTA installations, and not plans to move to VISTA in the next 2 years. So far it seems my opinion in short that VISTA SUCKS is pretty much spot on and IT people in the US are agreeing with me without even knowing they are.
The last hold out was the CONSULTANT. He sees everything and is very PRO-MICROSOFT! With that said I know on his PC he is using a Mac with VMWares app to run XP. He does not run VISTA anywhere except at the office and he has admitted that it only as a reference. That of course is very telling.
He has many many customers from 2 -3 users to over 100 in an office and the majority of them are on XP and one has moved from Microsoft Desktops and Servers to Mac Desktops and XServe Servers for everything. That was the most delicious part of his answer. Seeing companies do he “impossible” according to Microsoft. He also stated that the VISTA users he does have are split on their like or dislike of VISTA. He did say that most customers don’t know they have a choice when buying a new PC and just take VISTA and that he has been un-installing VISTA and replacing XP about once or twice a week for the past 4 months. It’s not a large number but it is important.
So what is the over all verdict?
All 10 I think were pretty honest. I don’t think any of them knew were I was going with these questions of that I would use it to make an argument against VISTA. I think most of them thought I was trying to figure out if I should move to VISTA and were giving me hints that I might want to think twice. After getting this information I don’t see VISTA being the HIT Microsoft planned for it to be. It’s the new WindowsME.
That is al!