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Windows Vista 'candy' just hype?

updated 08:40 am EST, Wed November 15, 2006

Vista 'candy' just hype?

Despite Microsoft's efforts to tout Windows Vista features such as the new startup sound, Aero interface, and 'hardware start button,' one columnist believes Microsoft is simply offering consumers 'candy' for the eyes and ears. "Guys, come on. It's just a startup sound! No revolution here," said eWeek columnist David Morgenstern. "For what it's worth, Macintosh has had a startup sound from the beginning. But its sound offered a meaning beyond branding and the simple notification of whether or not your audio circuitry is dead or the sound is turned on," the columnist added, referring to Apple's 'chimes of death' introduced with the very first Mac the company ever shipped. Interestingly, Morgenstern asked his readers in a separate column whether the industry will see an immediate surge in Vista upgrades, revealing that 29 percent of responders are looking at the Mac or Linux platforms instead of Windows Vista.

by MacNN Staff





  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Vista is a joke

    and proof that when real competition is around, ms can't do jack because its not their thing. How they got this big? They got LUCKY at a time when there was no competition and no set laws to prevent them in pursuing all sorts of illegal activities. For all you PC people.. don't you feel smart now?

  1. UpQuark

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ONLY 29% said they would look else where? So, the majority 71% said they will upgrade? Not a very compelling argument against Vista.. or for Mac either...

    -- avid mac fan since Mac Classic.

  1. frankt1950

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: Hmmmm...

    "So, the majority 71% said they will upgrade?"

    That's not what was said. Read TFA again.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    only 29%...

    looking elsewhere is not the same as choosing a mac to replace a PC...

    ...but still, it will be interesting to see how many people take the opportunity to switch to Mac/OS X.5....

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Candy"? Certainly not like OS X and their 'lickable' UI? That, I'm sure, is a completely different thing.

    For what it's worth, Macintosh has had a startup sound from the beginning. But its sound offered a meaning beyond branding and the simple notification of whether or not your audio circuitry is dead or the sound is turned on

    Its standard startup sound has and had no meaning beyond what is said. The only 'difference' was that they used to have a different sound if there were errors (like the crashing car on the old 7100s). Of course PC users don't need that because they would probably see the error just come up on the screen, rather then use some annoying sound (that most people wouldn't understand anyway, since its not like Apple explained this stuff in the UM or anything).

    ("Hey Bill, why you smiling?" "My Mac is fried, won't boot up". "Sorry to hear that, but why are you happy about it?" "Oh, because when I pressed the power button, it made this hillarious sound! Man, makes having it crash all the better, don't it.")

  1. jmgriff

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Of the 71%

    I expect most will simply use whatever they already have until the time comes to buy a new computer. Some people are still using Win98, and many business customers won't want to be early adopters.

  1. milhouse

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Most upgrades

    for Vista will likely come from the business sector where things are often done simply because they are "locked in" to MS. Hopefully it will be an improvement over XP (which isn't terrible).

    Anyhow, don't expect to see an onslaught of Mac switchers because of Vista; a trickle perhaps...

  1. zaghahzag

    Joined: Dec 1969


    xp is so ugly

    that if they do anything to make it look better, it will improve the usability in my mind. M$ has always gotten the aesthetics completely wrong. colors chosen apparently at random, graphics that were made by a 3 year old. it's pathetic.

  1. bigpoppa206

    Joined: Dec 1969


    And yet...

    XP is still one of the most stable systems they have ever put out. Most people will not find a compelling need to upgrade when XP works just fine for them.

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