Barney's Blog

Blog archive

Vista on the Cheap

Microsoft last week disclosed plans to cut the price of boxed versions of Vista by up to nearly 50 percent.

Conspiracy theorists see a connection between this and the class-action suit claiming that machines labeled as Vista Ready are less prepared than a narcoleptic Boy Scout. I fail to see that connection, and instead believe that Microsoft simply wants to build a little Vista momentum. To me this move has very little meaning. I've argued from the start that users shouldn't upgrade existing systems to Vista, but should wait 'til they need to buy a new PC.

All the letters I've received from Redmond Report readers prove that point. Most of today's machines don't take kindly to the upgrade, and a lot of new machines with Vista fail to run Vista well. The advice from readers is to carefully spec out your Vista machine. Pick solid high-end hardware and you may just have a joyous Vista experience.

Just to keep things from being too easy, Microsoft actually has two logos: Vista Capable for low-end machines, and Vista Ready for higher-end units. I think I'll opt for Vista Ready!

Posted by Doug Barney on March 03, 2008 at 11:52 AM


Featured

  • Touting Azure for Operators, Microsoft Joins SDN Standards Group

    As part of its Azure for Operators program, Microsoft this week joined a nonprofit standards association that focuses on SDN technologies used by enterprises and service providers.

  • 2020 Microsoft Conference Calendar: For Partners, IT Pros and Developers

    Here's your guide to all the IT training sessions, partner meet-ups and annual Microsoft conferences you won't want to miss. (Now updated with COVID-19-related event changes.)

  • Pilot Begins of Microsoft Teams-Salesforce CRM Integration

    A new capability that lets Microsoft Teams users access information from the Salesforce.com customer relationship management (CRM) platform debuted this week.

  • The 2020 Microsoft Product Roadmap

    From the next major update to Windows 10 to the next generations of .NET and PowerShell, here's what's on tap from Microsoft this year.