Article: Cutting Prices Won't Save Windows Vista


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On the Bridge!

Yeah yeah.. each time I post some article bashing vista a hord of vista
luvers call me a troll... hey dont lynch me.. lynch Jim Lynch who is the
author of this article. Sorry for the name pun.. kinda funny.. heh...
Just question yourself.. are all those thousands, hudrends of thousands or
even millions that think vista is crap crazy? I dont think so.. hehe


http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,2276003,00.asp


Microsoft's recent announcement of a price cut for Windows Vista illustrates
the desperate position the company is in. By all reasonable accounts Vista
has failed and Microsoft is desperately trying to prop it up and put some
lipstick on a very nasty and very flawed pig. Unfortunately, it won't work.
Microsoft plans to cut prices is as confusing as its release of multiple
version of the failed OS.

In the United States, Microsoft will reduce prices for Windows Vista
Ultimate, the company's top-end operating system, to $319 from $399 for the
full version and cut the price for an "upgrade" version to $219 from $259
for consumers who already run Windows XP or another edition of Vista.
It also cut prices for upgrade versions of Vista Home Premium, its
mainstream product, to $129 from $159. The price cuts vary by country.
In emerging markets, Microsoft will stop selling "upgrade" versions of
Vista, because, for many customers, it will be the first purchase of a
genuine copy of Windows. The company will instead sell Vista Home Premium
and Home Basic, a stripped-down version, at the upgrade prices.

What Went Wrong with Windows Vista?

How did Microsoft arrive at this awful position?
First it promised far more than it could deliver with Vista. Feature after
feature was taken out as the horrific realization sank in that the Microsoft
was never going to be able to make good on its promises. Removal of features
such as WINFS and PC-to-PC synchronization lowered the value proposition for
Windows Vista and helped cement Microsoft's reputation as a company that
makes a lot of promises but fails miserably at delivering them.


Another problem with Vista is that visually it comes across as a very crude
clone of Mac OS X's interface. It even poaches directly by adding things
called "gadgets" which is a clear rip off of Apple's "widgets." Vista's
"aero" desktop ends up paling in comparison to what was offered in Mac OS X
Tiger and positively stinks compared to the cool stuff in Mac OS Leopard.
There seems to be a terrible problem at Microsoft when it comes to design
decisions.
Despite all of its billions, Microsoft cannot seem to hire competent UI
designers. Why this is so, I'm just not sure. It may have to do with
Microsoft's corporate culture. Creative designer types may just be turned
off at the borg-like atmosphere of Microsoft and probably don't even
consider looking for a job there when there are other companies that
appreciate the virtue of great design ideas and expertise.
Worse than the rest of this, Vista's insatiable need for processing power,
RAM, and hard disk space has given it a reputation among some consumers as a
serious computing pig. Consumers whose machines ran very well under Windows
XP have reported in online forums that Vista slowed things down
considerably.
And performance isn't the only problem with Windows Vista. Many other users
have reported application and game incompatibilities. One has to wonder why
Microsoft just didn't start from scratch if there were going to be so many
application compatibility problems...isn't backwards compatibility supposed
to be the saving grace of Windows? Why bother if many programs won't run or
won't run well at all?



What was Microsoft thinking by releasing so many different versions of
Vista? How is a home consumer supposed to figure out which version is right
for them? It boggles the mind that Microsoft didn't see this problem coming
a mile away. It's so much easier when a consumer deals with Apple's OS as
there is one version and that's it. Compare that to this mess:

Windows Vista Ultimate
Windows Vista Home Premium
Windows Vista Home Basic
Windows Vista Business
Windows Vista Enterprise

One can understand separating the home and business/enterprise editions, but
why is there a need for three different non-business versions? Talk about
confusing.
Let's face it, Microsoft blew it royally with Windows Vista and has never
regained its footing. In fact, as you'll see below, things have only gotten
worse in Redmond.

Continued... on the site of the article
 
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Frank

On the Bridge! wrote:

....well is that what MS cutting prices is supposed to do...save Vista?
Save it from what? Selling more than 130 million copies?
Wannabe e-rag journalist aren't journalist in the first and never make
good marketers.
Frank
 
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