March 14, 2007
Dear CNET members,
Ever since the release of Microsoft Vista to the public, there has been no shortage of discussions about the new OS in the CNET forums. While many people have posted their opinions on why not to upgrade to Vista, there are just as many posts from people who have moved on to Vista, only to realize that many of their third-party software and hardware drivers are incompatible with it. This discussion is a case in point: CNET member photoham, a faithful Windows user since 3.x, posted a discussion thread on how he is currently plagued with Vista incompatibilities from software to drivers. He's so frustrated with Microsoft that he is considering moving to a Mac. Now, I don't blame this member one bit for being frustrated with his software and drivers being incompatible with Vista, but the question is, should people blame Microsoft for these incompatibilities? Is this really fair? After all, shouldn't Microsoft be responsible for Vista--and Vista only? Shouldn't the software and hardware companies be the ones responsible for making their product compatible with Vista? Or is this a case where the manufacturers dropped the ball and didn't put enough effort and resources into making their products compatible with the new OS, figuring people will blame Microsoft for those incompatibilities? Who ever gets the blame, whatever the reason, join us in this discussion and tell us what you think.
This week's hot topic:
Who is to blame for Vista incompatibilities?
After reading CNET member photoham's post, many of our members jumped right in to respond to his frustration with Microsoft--some saying not to blame Microsoft, but rather, blame the third-party vendors' Vista incompatibilities. Meanwhile, some still say it is still all Microsoft's fault. Take a look at what these folks have posted.
"Microsoft vs. third-party vendors..."
"The thing to keep in mind here is that Microsoft is responsible for Vista, not third-party software and drivers. AOL doesn't work? Yell at Time-Warner for not updating their software to work with the latest OS..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member John.Wilkinson"Assigning fault doesn't help!"
"I really don't care whose fault it is. I just went from a HP 7960 with ME to a HP s7700n with Vista so maybe I could watch clips off the Internet, and hopefully not lock up 4 to 6 times daily. Now I get to toss a..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member theneuron"Microsoft at fault"
"It is Microsoft's O/S and their responsibility to grant sufficient time and availability to ALL hardware and application vendors to be able to update their products, not just their preferred inner circle..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member dec765Speak Up!
It's now your chance to tell us what your opinion is on this subject matter. Do you think Microsoft is to blame for third-party software and hardware vendors' incompatibilities with Vista? Or is the opposite true--that the vendors should be to blame for not getting on the Vista bandwagon sooner to make their products Vista compatible? We want to hear what you have to say, so speak up and post your thoughts.
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