The state of denial among the Microsoft faithful regarding Vista is almost enough to make me pity them.
Everyone’s favorite resident Microsoft “expert”, Mary Jo Foley, and her unlinking eye on Microsoft, poses a beauty of a question: Is Windows XP too good for Microsoft’s own good?
It’s hard to imagine a more ridiculous question, or a more pathetic attempt at spinning Vista’s failure in the marketplace.
The answer to the question, Mary Jo, is no. The fact is XP was fine six years ago, long in the tooth in 2004, and really showing its age in 2006. People are still using it because Vista is too bad for a Microsoft user’s own good.
Of course, there is other spin you can use, Mary Jo came up with this:
For my part, I can’t help but wonder if Vista finally and irrevocably pushed Windows into the same category as Microsoft Office, meaning that the cost and potential risks of upgrading have come to outweigh the benefit of new features in the eyes of many customers.
Hmmm, let me think about that for a minute. Is it possible she’s on to something? Is the OS just a victim of this newly diagnosed “Office syndrome”? Maybe we’ve all been to hard on Vista…
Nah, it’s crap.
Mary Jo (and Paul Thurrott, and Rob Enderle, and other MS talking heads), get this through your heads: Users aren’t running to XP, they’re running from Vista.