I never even bothered researching or installing Vista because as soon as I heard Microsoft rewrote most of the code, I knew it was a disaster waiting to happen. And then it came. People learned what I knew. Microsoft felt the hurt. Why do you think they ditched Vista so quickly and moved on to Windows 7? Simple: because they knew Vista was a loser and they'd lose a huge chunk of their customers if they kept with it.
I knew ever since 2004 that Windows XP was the best OS in the world and absolutely knew it was going to last this long. And as much as Microsoft doesn't want to hear it, Windows XP will live forever, at least in this house. Can't reveal secrets, but I've gone to great pains to guarantee that.
As soon as the Xbox 360 was released in 2005, I knew Microsoft would lose billions trying to mitigate - they never actually fixed - all the problems. See, the console was rushed to stores, uses cheaper parts, and just wasn't tested or designed well at all. That's why it freezes and red rings all the time. I even wrote one of my Microsoft contacts a highly technical letter explaining exactly what's wrong with the Xbox 360. His response was thank you for this info. And of course, he never put it into practice. One fact is Microsoft tried to save a few pennies and designed their own CPU for the 360, but of course it overheated and then they ran back to AMD and Intel. I could've told them that. LOL
Windows 7 is nothing more than XP on eye-candy (Aero Glass UI) with a few super lame new features. Yeah, as if I'm paying a penny for that when my custom XP looks just as good.
So if you aren't seeing the Microsoft pattern, let me make it clear. Ever since Bill Gates left and Vista came, Microsoft has been going downhill. Vista SUCKS. The Xbox 360 SUCKS. The new Windows logo looks like a 5 year old made it, and, you guessed it, SUCKS. Windows 8 will be even worse than Vista. It'll be the death of Microsoft. Old school computer guys like me HATE it. It's so ugly looking and weird to use. Seriously, who with half a brain uses a computer on a tablet or wants to touch the screen and get fingerprints on it, and then have to clean it all the time? Stupid! Keyboard and mouse for life. Just read the laundry list of options and features Windows 8 removed right here in the Windows 8 forum. If you thought Vista or 7 was light, 8 is a bulimic. Just confirmed everything I knew as soon as I heard Windows 8 is coming not even three years after Windows 7. Basically, 8 is a bad scientific experiment aimed at mobile computer users.
Oh, and just so you know, Microsoft is a computer Nazi now. I also knew this was coming when so many people were staying with XP. Basically, XP users, Microsoft is deleting many non-security downloads. You'll get your precious but pretty useless security updates until April 2014, but after that no more XP anything from Microsoft. Expect a new Windows OS every 1 to 2 years moving forward and expect pressured, forced upgrades. Why do you think the last version of Office won't work in Windows 8? So you're forced to purchase a newer version.
I'm so sick and tired of this mediocre money machine. And it's about to die. The truth is WE DON'T NEED MICROSOFT LIKE WE USED TO. There's always Linux. Third parties ALWAYS do anything Microsoft does 1000% better. When you think Microsoft, you think okay quality, terrible support, incompetent ownership, and extremely lazy employees.
Let's take a look at classic Microsoft in detail...
Every Windows OS is way behind the times in features, innovation, compatibility, and user friendliness. You always need a third party to get stuff done. Ninety-eight percent of the value of the Windows OS comes from third parties.
The Service Packs are a complete joke. A service pack is supposed to be an exciting time for an OS owner and be jam-packed with improved, new, and useful features, all updates to date, and extend format compatibility to date. But oh no, not Microsoft. A Windows Service Pack is a trinket with 3-4 super lame new features and maybe some updates. I would gladly pay $30 a year for unlimited new XP Service Packs that actually innovated the best OS.
Microsoft can't keep up with technology. All they have are outrageous ideas that are unstable and sound cool on paper.
Here's just a few reasons why Microsoft is awful:
Windows XP comes with NT Backup to back up system state and files, but guess what - even in 2001 when DVDs were popular, the native program doesn't support backing up to DVD, only tape and some other useless storage options. LOL Are you kidding me? This should've been added to Service Pack 1. Or even better, it should've been designed right from the start. Or best, it should've never been designed and Microsoft should've known it needed to include a great drive-image program with the OS, especially for somebody who preaches the importance of backing up your data every chance they get. LOL
Windows Media Player 11 doesn't natively support MPEG-4. You can hack it, but you shouldn't have to. Again, something that should've been added to Service Pack 3.
Service Pack 2 was so-so, but hardly anything got done there, too. Just another wasted opportunity in Redmond, Washington.
Windows comes with a stripped down movie maker called Windows Movie Maker. The good news is you can make your own transitions, effects, titles, and credits (if you know XML), and add to the very little Microsoft gives you, making this thing awesome. I have, like, 3,000 total transitions, titles, effects, and credits. I just wish such an awesome thing didn't crash so much. The stock version with no add-ons. Microsoft didn't even test it right. And how are newer versions for Vista and 7 of Movie Maker even more bare-bones than my 2.1 version? So stupid.
MS Paint is TOO simple. It can't even rotate an image in arbitrary values. I'm not asking for Photoshop features, but this is ridiculously bad.
I could go on forever about what Microsoft does wrong, so I'll leave it there.
Microsoft is so unprofessional and disorganized, it's pathetic. They don't even know their own product. Microsoft could've gave XP users IE9, but they want to force upgrades, so they didn't. Same goes for SATA support in XP. Microsoft is almost dead. They're just not smart enough to stay alive in the tech world much longer. And this new iron-fist ruling is going to crumble their castle. Just watch as my bold predictions become reality, again.
All we want is XP for life. It's all we'll ever need. It does it all. And again, I would happily pay $10 once a year for an awesome Service Pack that actually felt new and modern. As it stands, I feel Microsoft is extremely lazy and unqualified to be in the computer industry, and I will not purchase another Microsoft product as long as I live.
Oh, and M$, you might want to fix your completely broken download-validation process. I see a lot of unhappy users all over the Web.
When will they learn? How about never. People do NOT want to spend 10 years learning a new worse OS. People do NOT want to scavenger hunt the whole Web for answers on how to do this or that with their OS - that you're supposed to teach them in the manual. Stop changing the names and locations of features and files. Get it right the first time and leave it alone. Make the names easy to understand. Just use some common-sense, already!
This post has been edited by vipejc: 24 October 2012 - 03:13 PM