If someone wants to hog up their systems resources on a computer that looks pretty then you can do all that 3d desktop rubbish with XP too
This whole thing about system resources has been completely blown out of proportion. There's few key issues here.
1) You're assuming that technology has not progressed in terms of hardware. This is completely false and if you believe this, the furthering of technology in the home and consumer market is seriously hindered. My 2001 P4 1.5Ghz/512MB RAM machine ran Vista perfectly fine. People are screaming that system requirements have gone up on software and fail to realize that hardware has progressed even farther
than software in the same amount of time. Moore's Law is being surpassed in many cases. I'm not saying that everyone
should upgrade to Vista. If you don't have a computer that can support its requirements, then XP or 2000 is perfectly fine for you. In many cases XP or 2000 on the latest or greatest hardware is perfectly fine too. Forcing change is not a bad thing.
I had a customer in Best Buy come up to me yesterday asking where the VHS movies were. I explained very nicely that VHS was old technology and has otherwise been entiely replaced with DVD. I wasn't going to get into the Blu-ray/HD-DVD segment.
I encouraged her to talk to someone in the Home Theater department so they could set her up with a DVD player so she could enjoy movies. She did so.
Now, I supplied her with information and, in a way, the industry forced
her to upgrade to DVDs as the VHS technology was outdated and old. If everyone in the world was like her, we would probably still be using 8-tracks now.
2) Just because you don't use some of the features in Vista (which I still haven't seen any direct examples that would be considered "bloat" and "crap"), doesn't mean other people won't. I work at Best Buy selling Cameras and Camcorders and have on many
occasions pointed out that Vista can capture video from Camcorders (as can XP, but not as well) and also record those to DVD (which XP cannot do without third-party software). Most of the time, they didn't even know XP could do that, or if they're using Vista, that it had that capability built in. WMM and WDVDM are fairly straightforward and easy to use. What I have provided for these customers is information and encouragement to try out new technology.
Take me for example: I personally knew absolutely nothing about cameras or how to take any kind of a decent photo until I tried it out borrowing a friend's camera. I said to myself, "Hey! This is fun!", began playing around a bit more, reading more information, and 2 years later I'm almost ready to put out $2500 on a Canon 5D and $1.5k lens. Outrageous? Many people think so. I have many customers walk in, point to the $3700 5D package we have and say "Who would spend that kind of money on a camera
?" I like to smile politely and say "Me." Even though I have purchased and own the full version of Adobe's Premiere Pro 2.0, I still get a lot of use out of Vista's media creation features. I can't imagine I'm the only one. Again, I as myself as an example played around with WMM for the heck of it, and 2 years later I'm buying $1,500 Adobe software suites. I certainly believe that there are some people out there who try out this stuff for the first time that they never knew was there will in time use it to a great extent.
I find it funny that Apple trashes Vista so much in their commercials. If it's such a piece of crap, why should they feel threatened? It's the typical "argumentum ad populum" technique, with a bit of a spin. And while it may work, it's certainly not a respectable position to be in. Again, I'm not dictating which operating system you should use as everyone has different needs and preferences. What I'm trying to prevent is someone saying that Vista is universally garbage and crap, as some in this discussion have said.