Vista…”wow”?

Microsoft has really hyped their launch of Windows Vista. Frankly, it doesn’t look like something six years in the making. From a design perspective, it does look much nicer than XP, and has some cool features…if you buy Premium, at least. Let’s compare editions, shall we? Maybe it doesn’t bug you, but why so many editions? Why keep users waiting for years trying to keep up with the OS X and not include a lot of cool stuff in the regular $99 upgrade? Really it doesn’t cry “new” or “wow” since Mac OS X is on par or ahead anyway. I look forward to exploring Leopard come spring.

Update – 2/8/07: MacRumors reports that tomorrow Apple Stores will begin an anti-Vista campaign. I like Apple’s creativity, their artistic style, their innovations, but I honestly think the anti-Microsoft-anti-Windows thing is going a bit too far. I’d like to see an end to the current PC geek-and-coolguy Mac user TV ads, replaced with something just showing what Macs do right. An OS can only develop so much, and both platforms are fine. If you’re the average joe wanting the most bang for your buck, or if you’re a serious gamer, you’ll probably go for a PC. If you want a Dell or HP, go for it. That’s fine. If you’re into graphics, music, video, want the support of OS X and Windows, or just love Apple’s style, you’ll go Mac. Why doesn’t Apple just point out the cool stuff they’re doing and let people notice instead of slamming the competition?

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