Another Bad Review for Windows Vista

Well, maybe review is to strong of a word for the article Chris Pirillo wrote about Windows Vista RC1, he mainly talks about the OS looking schizophrenic, as he says it’s all about the UI, user interface, for hiim.

Sadly, the first release candidate for Windows Vista feels more like an alpha to me (or early beta, at best). I’m not talking about performance issues, which will most likely be improved upon before this OS goes gold. No, it’s all about a cohesive user experience / user interface for me. Vista fails on most UI fronts. It doesn’t look or behave similarly across any part of the operating system. Even more sad? That’s by design, folks.

A lot of comments in the article say they are unsubscribing because all he does is whine, but I think that is built into blogging, someone makes you mad or disapoints you and you blog about it, so a lot of blogs look like all they do is whine. Chris has been online in tech community for a long time, with Lockergnome, Tech TV and his many, many other projects, so he is usually a good resource. Looks like he has become, maybe has been, an Apple fan, in another article he lists some reasons why the $149 upgrade price is reasonable for Leopard,

You *MUST* watch every single one of these Leopard videos to understand why I believe the price is completely justified. Apple issues security updates constantly (and no doubt will wrap them into Leopoard as well). This isn?t a service pack, dude. These are not trivial upgrades. You combine the features of this list with better parental control, seamless 64-bit compatibilities, wider accessibility, and? and? and? knowing that Apple will have another set of new, incremental, and system-wide upgrades in another couple years? Game over.

Lots of good discussion and of course the old Apple vs Windows comments are flying, here is one good quote from a user

understand people were expecting more from Vista for less money but how much more and for how much less? It?s funny, it seems as if people had such high hopes for Vista that when it falls short they turn on it in anger for having let them down. Vista does have it?s flaws, some major and the Microsoft marketing dept. screwed up by calling this an RC but I’ll put a case of Guinness on the fact that if you compare Leopard to Vista 6 months from now neither will be a clear victor over the other and people will continue to buy their OS mostly based on emotion vs. technical merits. That really is Apple’s only advantage, they can get you to think about their products with your heart and turn off your brain as in the case of iTunes+iPod. They can make “Spaces” seem like rocket fuel while Microsoft has offered the same thing free for years as a tucked away, bland, beige, boring download. Yup, Apple is *much* better at applying the lube and it must be flavoured as well.

Definitely worth reading, whether you agree with Chris, or not.