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Paul Thurott, an excellent balanced writer in my book, not one to exactly praise Apple all the time either (and justifiably so in some instances) has concluded his 5 part review on MS Windows Vista Feb 2006 CTP.

Describing it as:

"We expect you to copy Apple, just as Apple (and Linux) in its turn copies you. But we do not and should not expect to be promised the world, only to be given a warmed over copy of Mac OS X Tiger in return. Windows Vista is a disappointment. There is no way to sugarcoat that very real truth."

(Trying not to quote in a biassed sense)

I admit when I first saw OS X in 2000 in that Public Beta 2; I though jee that's pretty... but also thought "OS 8.1 is so much more usable though..." (as I was using that on my IIfx and 7200/90 at the time...) Sure enough I stuck with OS 9.1 (I upgraded in 2001) until August last year and jumped onto OS X Tiger for good with the computers in my sig. My reason was that OS X to me now bar a few glitches represents a fancy modern user interface that is very usable and slick.

I cannot say the same for Windows Vista, it looks hideously cluttered and confusing—as if I must use Windows, the old look (NewShell look) we had until XP was at least usable and manageable. Now it really has gone Pete Tong...

You can read his final report here: