Ding dong the witch is dead! Microsoft isn’t really dead, but it might as well be. It obviously has a cancer so significant that there is really no coming back to the glory days of old. Why do I say this? I just realized that my “beta” of Windows Vista expired months ago and I didn’t even notice. I never even bothered to put a real copy of Vista on my “windows” machine at home because I have absolutely no reason whatsoever to use a Microsoft operating system.
Now this blog post isn’t going to be a “Join Apple” post like some of my others although I am a Mac advocate, rather I am writing to point out that the alternatives to Windows are so superior that it is likely that if you put forth any effort you could free yourself forever from the grotesque mediocrity heaped upon the average user in the form of Microsoft Windows and other garbage that Microsoft puts out.
Windows Vista is absolutely the worst operating system I have ever encountered. It is incredibly slow, incredibly buggy, and still has enormous hurdles to overcome with a significant percentage of hardware on the market. Microsoft now has their beta of service pack 1 available to address some of these issues, but the fact that you have to wait a year just to have a stable OS shows that Microsoft has learned nothing from the Windows 95 days. Users don’t have to put up with crapware anymore, and frankly they shouldn’t. The alternatives are great. Linux has come a LONG way on the desktop and is very usable now, and Apple is light years ahead of Microsoft on the desktop.
A Microsoft representative that was sent to “sell us” on Microsoft Exchange hosting was even excited to tell me that he was getting a Macbook Pro (Apple Laptop). This is someone at Microsoft who’s job is to evangelize the benefits of Microsoft products. HE is getting a Mac It brings a smile to my face.
A lot has changed since I got in the hosting business, but the complete irrelevancy of Microsoft is something I didn’t foresee. I have gone from wanting to do Microsoft Windows hosting, to wanting to use certain Microsoft products but not their OS, to wanting to use compatible products with Microsoft software, to not caring at all what Microsoft is doing. I don’t even consider their products in any way shape or form now when making business decisions. Microsoft has done this to themselves because they are either incapable of producing a quality product or they don’t care anymore if their product is great. Either way its not a company I will do business with.
Do you disagree? Show me where I am wrong… I didn’t think so!
Matt Heaton / President Bluehost.com