If there is one Microsoft operating system that has been in the news for more reasons wrong than right, it is Windows Vista. From the ambitious development to the calamitous launch, it was sheer tragedy.
Windows XP will get the axe today, but the fan favorite operating platform still commands a substantial market share — the latest numbers from third party market research peg them at around 28 percent of the market.
And even though all sort of warnings have been coming in from Redmond about the risks of staying with the old operating system beyond retirement, the risks of running an unsupported platform, plenty of users look set to continue powering their computers with Windows XP.
One expert, however, has an interesting theory about why this has happened.
In a new interview, Terry Willis, the head of information security at a charity organization, Age UK, thinks that Windows Vista is the reason why so many users refused to move beyond Windows XP:
“A big problem is that Vista was so terrible, so companies just didn’t move off XP.”
Windows Vista was, obviously, the next version of the OS that followed after Windows XP, and at launch it was such a sluggish beast that many users actually refused to upgrade.
Microsoft, obviously, fixed many of the performance and driver issues soon after, but not before Vista was classified as one of the company’s biggest failures ever. Windows 7, on the other hand, set things right and convinced many users to make the move to newer hardware, and with it, the OS.