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Microsoft: Vista is so misunderstood!

The reality is that Vista is almost certainly not as bad as detractors suggest (myself included), nor as good and faultless as Microsoft suggests. Regardless, Microsoft may have to wait until Windows 7 to redeem itself. Will it be too late?

The Register has a great article deconstructing Microsoft's "Five Misunderstandings about Vista" (Recently pulled down, but not before The Register captured the document.)

Apparently, Vista has been slow out of the gate because it's misunderstood in five key areas: 1) User Account Control, 2) Image Management, 3) Display Driver Model, 4) Windows Search, and 5) 64-bit architecture.

Please join me in shedding a tear for Redmond....

Whatever the validity of Microsoft's five-point discussion (and The Register largely rips these up), the biggest problem with Vista's adoption doesn't even make the list: Performance:

What about performance? In my view, this is far and away the primary problem users have with Vista. It is not in any sense a misunderstanding, however Microsoft spins it. It is bewilderment: why does my new machine, which should be fast, spend so much time spinning its little bagel when I want to get on with my work?

Amen. The reality is that Vista is almost certainly not as bad as detractors suggest (myself included), nor as good and faultless as Microsoft suggests. Regardless, Microsoft may have to wait until Windows 7 to redeem itself. Will it be too late?