Vista on the Cheap
Microsoft last week disclosed plans to cut
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
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 03/03/2008 at 1:15 PM