Chris Pirillo says he’s breaking up with Windows Vista. It’s vintage agitprop from Chris, and I was going to respond.
And then I read Dwight Silverman’s response. Dwight basically said everything I was going to say, starting with this:
He has a list of 10 complaints, most of which have to do with software that isn’t compatible with Vista and hardware for which there are not yet drivers. In other words: He’s working with a brand new operating system, and he’s suffering the slings and arrows that almost always accompany doing so.
If he were to take a moment and look back, chances are he’d find he was jumping through the same hoops 5 years ago, when he was working with the initial release of Windows XP.
There’s rarely a penalty for delaying a switch to any new platform, hardware or software. This time around is no exception. Despite the provovative headline, Chris’s actual column has this astute observation:
It’s NOT horrible at its core (by any stretch of the imagination). If all of your hardware and software are fully baked, you’re good to go – but that’s not the world I live in. I will continue to recommend Windows Vista for some users, mind you. I wish I could take the best parts of Vista and bring them back with me to XP. I’m still more than willing to help Microsoft improve Windows and get the message out to users, but I simply can’t sacrifice my own time and productivity without benefits in clear sight.
My overall judgment is the exact opposite. Despite the glitches (and yes, I’ve had a few), my productivity is up, way up, thanks to Vista and Office 2007. On balance, I prefer Vista over XP. I do, however, have an XP system running in one corner of my office because the drivers and supporting software for my Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner won’t be ready until April.
Chris, you should invite Dwight on to the show for a debate. I’d tune in.