Despite all of Microsoft’s ‘hard work’ to bring Vista to the masses, it is an utter failure. If they didn’t have that (illegally maintained) monopoly, they probably wouldn’t have sold a single copy of this dog of an operating system. Apple has several great commercials poking fun at the woolly mammoth of operating systems. The first, released around the time Vista first came out, talked about the new ‘security’ dialog boxes. Windows pops up numerous dialog boxes asking the user to “Allow or Deny” many different activities. Following that was the upgrade commercial with the PC getting ready for major surgery to be usable for Vista.
Now there are the spokesperson commercials.
PC: People have been choosing to downgrade to XP.
Spokesperson: By “downgrade”, we mean that users are choosing to “upgrade” to an older more familiar experience.
In another one, the PC is giving a speech
PC: My fellow Americans, if Vista doesn’t support your printer, I say buy a new printer!
and then as an aside he tells the ‘Mac’ that he downgraded to XP three weeks earlier.
At first, Microsoft attempted to force their users to upgrade to Vista but terminating sales and support of XP, but by June a glimmer of hope began to shine, as XP (slightly)easier to get. That doesn’t mean they weren’t still pushing Vista as hard as possible, they just quietly continued to offer XP. It has even been suggested that Microsoft should abandon Vista, if only to save itself.
Finally, due to heavy demand Microsoft is forced to keep offering XP.
Of course they were still fighting against offering a “better” alternative going head to head with a Dutch consumer group in that asked for free XP CDs. An interesting twist to Vista’s security – if it can be called interesting – is that new hardware deactivates Vista. Actually, it’s not just new hardware, but driver upgrades as well – keep the same hardware and it can still deactivate on you.
So Vista Sales are still lackluster, so much so that companies may just skip Vista.
And finally, another survey highlights business concern about migration
What can we draw from all of this? Microsoft needs to stop treating its customers like thieves, disabling the operating system because someone adds a printer.