Microsoft is thrashing around trying to convince people that upgrading to Vista is the right move. They threw out a "Five Misunderstood Features in Windows Vista" mid last month, got roundly laughed at and immediately pulled that (you might be able to find a copy here). The funniest part of that is where they step out and admit Vista is slow - of course justifying it by quickly insisting that Vista is working harder for your ultimate good.
The giggling reactions caused Microsoft to take that down and replace it a week later with a new version. This has a less tear jerking title ("Windows Feature Comparison"), never uses the word "speed" at all and is very careful NOT to mention overall performance. The first document also waxed on about the badly implemented security model of Vista; the second tones that down considerably and concentrates on trashing XP for its failings.
What? Microsoft is actually putting down XP in print? Ayup.
Remember, this isn't Linux evangelists swooping down like vultures to dismember the still twitching body of XP. Heck, XP is doing a lot more than twitching and it isn't Linux vultures, it's Microsoft itself walking up from behind and pumping lead into XP's back. This can't be good. Can you imagine a politician explaining "I really screwed you over last term, but here's what I'm going to do now"? Or a car manufacturer asking you to trade in now because last year's model has horrible brakes and worse?
It may be true that last years model does have bad brakes, and you'll get no argument from me that XP is a crappy OS - better than its predecessors, yes, but still a poor excuse for anything that is supposed to help you use your computing hardware. But it can't be smart for Microsoft to be the one to nit-pick and gleefully point out XP's flaws.
But desperation causes strange behavior, and Microsoft is getting desperate. If people actually liked Vista, Microsoft could fold its arms, shut its mouth and rake in the profits. But obviously people don't like Microsoft's shiny new OS; none of its confusing versions meet anyones needs and all of them run slowly..
I wonder: as Microsoft has also been touting how wonderful its NEXT OS (windows Seven) will be, is another white paper in the works? Will that one explain how crappy Vista really is?
Naaaw.. Microsoft wouldn't do that, right?
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