I'm not one of those writers that mindlessly bashes Microsoft. But I can't help worrying about the buzz or lack thereof surrounding Windows Vista. It's been out for a month, and it's hard to find anyone with more than a tepid "cool graphics" to say about it. Indeed, the complaints about it in the blogosphere are starting to come fast and furious. In the past week I've tripped across web sites crabbing about Vista here, here, here, and here. It's expensive: $300 for the top of the line version. You need to buy new antivirus software. The fanciest graphics won't run on many computers, and on and on. Netscape founder Marc Andreessen, a long time Windows supporter, said earlier this week he was switching to a Mac.
And then there is me: The company sent me a copy of Windows Vista two months ago, and I haven't installed it. That's remarkable to me. I've spent the last six years working at companies where Apple was the dominant OS, and I have always refused to switch, claiming, to the occasional irritation of my editors, that Windows was better. But now I own a Macbook and switch back and forth between OSX and Windows running in Parallels and just don't feel compelled to change. With Windows 95 I upgraded instantly to take advantage of the huge improvement in the user interface. With XP I upgraded to get rid of the blue screen of death. But with Vista I don't see how better graphics are going to offset the problems always associated with upgrading. For Microsoft investors' sake, here's hoping there are not too many people like me out there.