After only a few hours of using Vista, I will say this: it’s the best version of Windows ever. On the right hardware it’s pretty snappy and it looks fantastic.
But I’d still rather work on OSX.
Peeve 1 – Leave Me Alone
On the Mac if I plug something in it either works or it doesn’t work.
On Windows (even Vista) it tells me absolutely everything that’s going on with a device. If I plug in a mouse it goes “Hey, you just plugged in a mouse,” “Hey, I’m installing device drivers for your mouse!”, “Hey, your mouse is a – ” will you just STFU already?
Peeve 2 – It Treats Me Like I’m Retarded
And in turn I have to do the same, like when setting up a wireless internet connection.
I turn on the computer, start Internet Explorer, and the first of a seemingly endless series of notifications appears. It asks “How would you like to connect to the internet?” I click on the Wireless option and marvel at how much more sophisticated Windows has gotten. It states “Hmm, I can’t seem to find your Wireless network!” I click on “diagnose this problem” or whatever it’s called.
And then the baffling part: the reason it can’t find any wireless networks is because wireless networking isn’t enabled. Would I like to enable it?
Well, duh! I thought you’d be able to figure that out when I told you I wanted to connect, uh, WIRELESSLY!
Peeve 3 – Included Software
I know that this is supposed to subsidize the cost of a new machine, but when you’re already paying over $1000 I don’t think this argument holds much water – especially when an included Norton suite keeps bugging you about how you aren’t protected until you activate their service. True, but to me it feels like a car mechanic is trying to sell me on rust proofing.
Peeve 4 – Transparency Effects Don’t Help Me GTD
Sweet looking, yes – but at the cost of processor cycles I don’t know if this is a good trade off yet. Right now it feels more like a rushed together face-lift than anything else. Being a biased Mac user I’ll probably completely disregard this issue when Core Animation starts being (over)used.
Peeve 5 – No More Menu Bars
Yes, simplifying the interface is awesome. No, I don’t know if you do that by taking away the standard method of selecting options.