Unofficial Vista Poll – The Results Are In

On July 26, 2007 I posted an article here in which along with the opinion of Acer about Windows Vista, I asked the readers to answer a simple question. The question simple. “Do you like Vista?”. I gave three choices of Yes, No, and Not Sure Yet. Now I knew that when I posted this question, there were going to be both anti-Microsoft and pro-Microsoft comments. I also realized that the sampling of responses would be small and totally non-scientific.

But I also knew something else. Most people that read anything here at Lockergnome are experienced users. These people have been using various versions of Windows since Windows was in diapers. Like myself, they have faithfully upgraded their systems through various versions of Windows as they have become available over the years. I still have CD’s for Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP Pro & Vista. If I look really hard, I am sure I may still have floppies for DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.11 around somewhere.

But when I posted the Vista question, I also had a inkling of what the results would be. I figured the responses would be 25% voting yes, 25% voting Not Sure Yet and 50% voting NO. How could I guess the results in advance? Well my wife bought me a brand new crystal ball for my birthday. :-) Actually I read ever comment posted to all of my articles, surf many forums which discuss Vista and in general this just seems to be the norm. Since I am in the Not Decided Yet group, I don’t have to defend a Yes or No position.

But there was one sentence from Rick Hogan which gave me much thought, in which he stated:

“Obviously, some of these people just don’t like anything that is new.”

You know Rick, you might have a good point. I have had to look real hard at my relationship with Vista and to be honest, I guess my being undecided is because I like XP just fine. Maybe your statement about not liking something because it is new could apply to me. But there is more than just the newness. I personally have problems adjusting to the ‘feel’. Windows 95 thru XP did not pose any problems for me and I liked the feel of those operating systems. Vista just doesn’t ‘feel’ right to me. Just my 2 cents.

So the unofficial Vista poll results with 28 votes were:

YES – 7

No – 15

NOT SURE YET – 6

Comments welcome.

[tags]vista, poll, results, [/tags]

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I have been writing for LockerGnome since relocating to Missouri seven years ago, where I continue to be a technology enthusiast who enjoys playing with the newest and latest gadgets.

  • http://fractalbeanstalk.blogspot.com/ Tim Hodkinson

    Rick Hogan’s comment really is something worth thinking about, as you mentioned. In my journeys through the Linux world, I often hear people talking about what the “average Windows user” wants Linux to be. I often wonder if there is, in fact, such a typical user, but I also wonder if most people, or even developers, know what average users actually prefer. I think you would have to have done some research or have experience in dealing with the general public to know these things.

    Auto makers often conduct research and do consumer testing rather than assume they know what their potential customers will like (key word is “potential”). The auto industry has a huge body of knowledge they can tap into in the form of their own salespeople, who on a daily basis talk with customers, but even that front line knowledge (and who knows customers better than salespeople?) isn’t taken as absolute truth and research is still done.

    Anyhow, while Rick’s comment about people not liking new stuff might sound strange to some, I suspect there are many people who prefer simplicity in an operating system and the predictability that comes with using something familiar. Or in other words, maybe most Windows users don’t want something new and different in an operating system, just something that gives better, and invisible, support to applications. Just as with cars, it’s hard to figure out just what people want, so why should computers be any different? I’m sure there’s plenty of people who go looking for a new car that is as much like their old one as they can find, because they don’t want to have to figure out how everything works all over again. (like which control stick is the wipers on, and how can I get rid of all those musical noises when I open my door…)

  • Daniel

    I agree with the above on the “new” note. I think potentially Vista has great capability. But like you said about Windows 95-XP things didn’t change much in terms location, location, location, and the feel.

    Now Vista kind of blows that out of the water.

    I myself am stuck on XP, not because I hate Vista, but because I like an OS that uses less than 200MB of RAM to run itself, so the rest of my apps can hog the other 1.8GB of RAM, and because of how familiar I am with XP.

    I think it also has a lot to do with “general” users who want something that “looks” cool. Mac is like that, which is why lots of students want a Mac, but have no clue how to run it. Same with Vista, it looks fantastic, but thats just the Market scheme.

    In the end, I relate, Vista simply doesn’t feel the norm. It is new, but perhaps it is to new…

    Most avid users want what is comfortable. Computers are supposed to work for us, so when we start having to work for the OS to figure things out, we lose our support for it.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hi Tim,
    Well I must be different. I bought a new car in February that has controls that were completely different than my old car. It did take a few weeks to get used of the controls, but now it is just second nature. Who says you can’t teach an old dog some new tricks! LOL

    Hi Daniel,
    I have had a similar discussion with others about ‘feel’. For some it is hard to understand how a computer can have a feel to it. Thanks for your comments.

    Ron

  • Brian

    I look for Microsoft to be hit hard with a class action lawsuit over this Vista crap. Wake up its all about Bill Gates making more $$ so he can give it to third world countries. He is making older sofware obselete so he can sell you the new version.