Vista is on the road to success, but don’t believe what they say, it’s a long, windy road; and the end is far from being near. Windows Vista RC1 (5600) is a very big improvement over the last public build (5384) and anything before the RC1 Branches (5536). But it’s far from ready, and here’s what really stands out (in order of importance) from making it as big of a success as it should be.
- Too much useless bloat.
A couple of months back we posted our popular article “Windows: Microsoft Beating on a Dead Horse,” which took an extreme viewing on the de-bloatification of Windows. But even without stripping backwards code-compatibility, Microsoft has quite a long way to go in degunking Vista, and I can’t say it any better than to link to Robert McLaw’s short article on the very same thing.
- Buggy stock video drivers.
This isn’t major, if only for the fact that it can be fixed by replacing a file or two on Microsoft’s side, but nevertheless, it’s a big turn off with Windows Vista. When a rare operating system comes along promising big changes and lovely graphics, it’s sad to see that the default drivers come with zero hardware acceleration, and constantly flicker at the slightest sign of animation.. and the balk at any of the advanced Vista effects.
- Pitiful “Networking Center”
Vista’s “breakthrough” network center is really a great idea, very secure, easy to use, and perfect for multiple networks… But it isn’t. Not really.
It’s secure and very useful, but it puts almost everything several steps away. Besides having to click several times just to see a list of network connections and their status, it strips users of quite a lot of power, especially when dealing with wireless connections. Far from being stable, Windows Vista’s new TCP stack ends up crashing the wireless client time and time again when dealing with weak signals at hotspots.
These together with the infamous PPC synchronization issues should give Vista users a pause for thought. Vista is undeniably an amazing OS (yes, we’ll even have a post about some of the good things that Vista has introduced soon enough!), but it just needs a
bit lot of polishing up to become perfect. It just doesn’t make sense: you spend 6 years developing an OS, you bring almost all of it up to scratch, then you just stop. Hopefully there will be an RC2 and we’ll see some of these things fixed, but don’t get your hopes too high.
Some things like the Wireless connectivity issues and the mobile device synchronization will undoubtedly be fixed; after all, they’re bugs, and that’s why this is a Release Candidate and not an RTM. But things like the spotty network stack and the useless bloat, it’s unlikely to go away. Especially the bloat – we’ve seen that before only too many times.