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Dec 17 2007   11:20AM GMT

Vista: Worst product of ‘07?

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Here’s one story you could see coming down the pike: PC World names Vista the biggest tech disappointment of the year.

The subhead: “No Wow, No How.”

It’s not that the new Windows client is so bad, it’s just that it’s not good, opines PC World writer Dan Tynan.

Money quote:

“No wonder so many users are clinging to XP like shipwrecked sailors to a life raft, while others who made the upgrade are switching back. And when the fastest Vista notebook PC World has ever tested is an Apple MacBook Pro, there’s something deeply wrong with the universe.”

The full PC World  story is here.

Other technologies making this dubious achievement list: Municipal Wimax; social networking (hear, hear!); Microsoft Zune; Microsoft Office 2007. Is there a trend here? Oops! Apple Leopard is there too.

Here’s a prediction for 2008: There will be a raft of stories about how Vista, post SP1, really isn’t so bad. And maybe it is worth a look-see. After all, do we really have a choice? 

Barbara Darrow, a Boston-area reporter, can be reached at

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