Windows Vista has been out almost a year now, and despite what our resident Vista fan Jonathan Schlaffer may tell you, it’s been a failure so far. And now that failure has been honoured with an award, for the biggest technology disappointment of 2007.
PC World have compiled their list of the 15 Biggest Tech Disappointments of 2007, and Vista has stormed its way to the top of the table, although some of the others on the list are also deserving of a bit of ridicule too.
Awarding Vista the number one spot, here are some of the quotes PC World gave explaining the decision:
“Five years in the making and this is the best Microsoft could do?”
“Searching and wireless networking are much faster and easier than under XP.”
“Despite its hefty hardware requirements, Vista is slower than XP.”
“At $399 ($299 upgrade) for Windows Ultimate, we couldn’t help feeling more than a little gouged.”
Harsh words indeed. I’m not a fan myself, as it’s just not as good as XP on so many performance scales, and that’s comparing a 5 year old operating system, with a brand new one. Plus the amount of memory it takes just to operate is unforgivable, in a time when most people are calling for less system bloat. Maybe the forthcoming Windows 7 will fix these issues.
The full list is as follows:
15. Amazon Unbox
14. Municipal WiMax
13. Social Networks
12. Internet Security
11. Microsoft Zune
10. Wireless Carriers
9. Office 2007
8. Apple “Leopard” OS 10.5
7. Voice Over IP
6. The Broadband Industry
5. Apple iPhone
3. Facebook Beacon
2. The High-Def Format War
1. Windows Vista
You can visit the list on PC World’s website to read the reasons why each of the above made the list, but I have to say I agree with the vast majority of comments.
Both Apple and Microsoft came in for a bit of a mauling, which seeing as the two of them are increasingly similar in their policies, and efforts to control the market, is harsh but fair.