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.