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Note to Apple: Vista is fixed.

Apple’s relentless anti-Vista smear campaign continues, with its latest round of “Mac vs. PC” commercials accusing Microsoft of spending money on marketing that it could be spending to “fix Vista.”

Here’s a note to Apple: Vista is fixed. It’s called Service Pack 1, a release that, by all accounts, addresses the vast majority of issues Vista had at launch. Windows Vista with SP1 is fast, stable and highly capable, and despite Apple’s relentless smear campaign, people are gradually beginning to realize that Vista isn’t as bad as they’d been led to believe.

It’s time for Apple to stop the smearing and go back to focusing on the positive aspects of Mac OS X.


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1.

SP1: Fixed for some, not for all!

BTW: The CAPTCHA is horrible. I find it next to impossible to read and I’ve got excellent vision.

2.

Hey Goofy! They were parodying Microsoft’s massive amount of money they spent mismarketing Vista. You know… The $300 million for Seinfeld’s lame-o ads as well as the “New Coke” testimonial style ads. Those misteps show just how far out of touch Micro$loth is with their end-users.

3.

If Vista is indeed fixed, prey tell, why is it that people who are using Vista with SP1, are still complaining? Why are they continuing to ‘downgrade’ from Vista to XP?

I have lost count of people who have told me they were so frustrated with Vista that they were either downgrading or moving to OS X or Linux!

Ha, Vista is fixed, well that is news to a lot of people, myself included!

4.

Im afraid I have to disagree. My office runs Vista on 38 computers and we still suffer from all sorts of issues. The IT department is quite busy fixing them on a regular basis. Im not a Mac fangirl by any means, but the truth is that Vista still lacks stability in our work environment.

5.

The company I work for still hasn’t switched because even after testing with SP1, the IT folks don’t believe that Vista is ready for deployment.

The old timeline had Fall 2008 for switching.  The timeline now projects late Spring 2009.

6.

-Note from Apple-

Thanks so much for the information. We had no idea about service pack 1.

Of course, our ads are for the purpose of making sure that the public has accurate, up to date information on MS’s development of Vista. Our ads are in no way designed to further our marketing goals. And we would never choose to run or not run the ads depending on how well they do that.

Finally, somebody understands what our ads are all about. We’ve had it with all the frustrated Windows users that are buying our Macs in record numbers. They must not know about how great Vista is NOW. We’ll get right to work on educating them!

Thanks again!

7.

So what exactly is the problem? Microsoft is infamous for spreading FUD, why can’t Apple? Besides, these are playful commercials, the lovable character is the PC, not the Mac. I’m also pretty sure Apple realizes that SP1 was released, but you can’t ignore the fact that consumers are still requesting a downgrade to XP a year and a half after the release of Vista.

8.

I think Apple is onto something with the Microsoft-wants-to-turn-the-page-on-Vista-so-the y-won’t-even-mention-its-name ads; they have a legitimate point. But how long has it been since Apple has highlighted actual Mac advantages in their ads? “ It’s okay to poke a little fun at Microsoft--don’t get me wrong--but I do wish Apple would get back to telling me why the Mac is so awesome.

“consumers are still requesting a downgrade to XP a year and a half after the release of Vista.”

FWIW, I use a Mac at home and a Vista PC at work. Vista seems to work fine for me.

9.

If Vista is fixed, why do games run so much better in XP?

10.

That’s like asking why games run so much faster in Windows 95 than they do in Windows XP.

Windows Vista takes up more resources than Windows XP because Windows Vista does more things under the hood than XP did. It’s called “progress.”

11.

Well gamers and business have one thing in common: they don’t like this ‘progress’. Waiting for Windows 7.

12.

On a related note, PC World cites a Gartner analyst who thinks skipping Vista could be a bad idea for enterprises:

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/artic le/152644/five_reasons_why_skipping_vista_could_ backfire.html

13.

The idea that a company can “fix” a product as large as Vista with one update seems optimistic.

14.

I’d sure like to hear from some of those who posted on what problems, if any, they’ve encountered with Vista.

15.

I’m having trouble figuring out what Microsoft should be pouring money into to “fix” Vista. Getting hardware vendors to write better games? Getting developers to write better software? Because the two biggest complaints with Vista I’ve heard are “my hardware doesn’t work” and “my software doesn’t work.”

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Easy question to answer. Apple made OS X fully 64-bit compatible. No emulator for 32-bit stuff, it just works. On Vista, if you run the 32-bit emulator to run 32-bit programs, your whole machine runs to a crawl when running your 64-bit apps. Also, why have 6-7 versions of Vista?

Mac’s Leopard comes in one version for all. I am glad I switched and can’t wait for Snow Leopard next year when the OS can support 16 terabytes of RAM. Not of importance to the average joe, but for a University that needs to cluster machines to build a supercomputer on the cheap, that is a big deal.

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MacSwitcher: you’re talking absolute arse. 32-bit software is not emulated on 64-bit Windows, it runs natively using 32-bit instructions. Far from being slower, much 32-bit software actually runs quicker on my Dell Latitude D820 (Core 2 Duo T7200 processor) under Vista x64 than it does on the 32-bit OS.

Apple have an emulator for 32-bit device drivers. Windows x64 doesn’t. That means a lot of legacy hardware and some software that installs drivers to hook system APIs does not work and will never work unless 64-bit drivers are made available.

The first step for anyone receiving a computer with Windows preinstalled is to reinstall the OS. The OEMs are taking a great system and littering it with trash that at best merely slows down the system and at worst actively makes it unusable. The third-party Windows-compatible hardware community really dropped the ball on Vista’s release; it’s less SP1 that’s fixed problems (although it has) and more that a year after release, finally some usable drivers are available. Of course MS didn’t help by being so late delivering usable betas (basically they completely wasted three years of the five years after XP’s release and had to scrap ‘Longhorn’ and start over).

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@Mike Dimmick:

Apple have an emulator for 32-bit device drivers. Windows x64 doesn’t. That means a lot of legacy hardware and some software that installs drivers to hook system APIs does not work and will never work unless 64-bit drivers are made available.

Got a link? Thats the first time I’ve heard that one, and I follow the Mac scene pretty closely.

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Don’t take my word for it, read for yourself mate!

http://tinyurl.com/66os2b

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@Mac Switcher
I don’t find anywhere in that article—or indeed anywhere on the internet—that mentions 64 bit systems grinding to a crawl whenever a 32 bit application is running. I also find such gems as “the Vista fudge’ and “This is quite a boon for OSX, and one that should be highlighted frequently and often.” to further cement The Inquirer’s reputation as a beacon of unbiased tech reporting.

21.

Windows Vista takes up more resources than Windows XP because Windows Vista does more things under the hood than XP did. It’s called “progress.”

Yeah, that’s what we were telling you years ago about OS X when you complained about how slow it was.

22.

If Vista is fixed, how come the BOXX graphics workstations still come with Windows XP and Vista isn’t even an option?

Why does Dell still offer PCs with XP?

Why does HP still over PCs with XP?

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Deep Thought: Note to Apple: Vista is fixed.

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