updated 03:25 pm EST, Mon January 29, 2007
Vista dubbed "imitator"
Microsoft's new Windows Vista operating system boasts translucent images and "groovy" 3D effects, but is a "shameless Mac OS X imitator," according to one columnist. "After waiting five years -- as in half a decade -- for this thing, I think I should get something revolutionary, a PC operating system so astonishing it makes the competition look laughably primitive," wrote Pioneer Press columnist Julio Ojeda-Zapata. "Vista hardly rocked my world during weeks of testing. It's a fine Windows upgrade, but it's also a shameless rip-off (and not quite the equal) of another major operating system, [Apple Inc's] Mac OS X." Ojeda-Zapata asks why users wouldn't consider Mac OS X as an alternative to upgrading from Windows XP since Windows Vista won't work properly on most older hardware anyway.
What's more, Vista's only superior feature over Mac OS X aside from small tweaks to the user interface is Media Center, according to the columnist.
"Get a Mac with OS X unless your home-computer needs are Windows-specific, or if the fine Media Center is a must for you," he said. "You likely won't regret a Vista-PC purchase, but I'm betting you'll enjoy a Mac much more."