Windows SuperSite’s Paul Thurrott has published an in-depth review of the not-yet-available-to-the-public SP1 for Vista.
What a shock, Paul thinks it’s the Second Coming.
It’s almost amusing to watch Paul essentially say in his conclusion that Vista sucked until now, but get SP1 because it’s oh so super good and will make Vista the great OS you always hoped it could be.
Overall, Windows Vista Service Pack 1 is an excellent upgrade and an important milestone. It should erase any serious complaints about the OS and eliminate most deployment blockers.
Did anyone think Paul’s review would state anything less? Heck, the conclusion to his much earlier eight-part review of the original Vista release said that it was great:
In conclusion, Windows Vista is both evolutionary and revolutionary, and I know it’s great because every time I have to use Windows XP, I feel constrained and miss those Vista features I’m just now starting to take for granted….
Eight parts to write lovingly about this wonderful OS. Sure, he brought up some bad points but they were all fairly trivial. So much so that going back to XP felt “constrained”.
That was at the end of 2006. Unfortunately, a bad thing happened to Vista a month after that.
People started using it.
It’s funny in hindsight to see Paul’s comments about going back to XP, because that’s just what people did. Repeatedly. En masse. In droves.
Further, the reviews that came after Paul’s magnum opus must not have tested the same version of Vista he did. Rarely was a kind word said about Vista in the year following Paul’s glowing review. In fact, things kept getting worse.
Finally, even Paul had to bend to the reality of the situation, which I then wrote about. It was an outright admission of Vista’s failure, though the reasons were tied to just about everything but the obvious: That Vista isn’t very good.
So now Paul is glowing about SP1. Can anyone really believe him this time? Should anyone believe him? Consider this:
- Two days before Paul’s article we were getting the silent treatment from MS about SP1 and Media Center problems.
- The day before Paul’s article we witnessed MS pulling a prerequisite SP1 update because it’s a bomb. Oops.
- More recently, ZDNet’s benchmarking of Vista 32- and 64-bit versions revealed that SP1 slows both of them down. I’m sure Vista users will love that feature.
- And then there’s the simple fact that, for all of Paul’s praise, SP1 isn’t even available to the public yet. I guess MS has less confidence in it than Paul does.
Yep, sure looks like a winner to me. Paul says so, what more do you need?
The truth is, what little evidence there is dribbling out about SP1 — Windows SuperSite notwithstanding — is that it just might be to maintenance releases what Vista was to operating systems. And it took Microsoft over a year for this! Unreal.