If a company releases a product and a successor of that product a few years later and then a document comparing the features of both products; what would you expect from that comparison ? Any company in the world would obviously come to the conclusion that the new product is far superior than the old one.
Microsoft released a Windows Feature Comparison white paper that compares Windows Vista and Windows XP. The not so surprising result of the comparison is that Windows Vista is superior to Windows XP in all aspects: well except for a few parameters that have not been compared with each other.
Update: Microsoft removed the download from its website. We have uploaded the document to our own download server for archiving purposes. You can download the PDF document with a click on the following link: Windows XP Vista Feature Comparison
Microsoft is having a hard time convincing the public that Windows Vista is a "good" operating system, that upgrading to it does indeed make sense from various points of view. The feature comparison explains how features are implemented in XP and Vista in two columns and outlines the key differences in a third.
The following features are compared:
The intended audience for the white paper is clearly not the end user but people working in IT. Microsoft compares security, deployment and management which are key features for IT admins who have to weight in on the upcoming company operating system when it comes to making upgrade decisions.
Windows Vista is not a bad operating system. The PC I bought for my mother runs Windows Vista and it's working out fine for her. My major problem with Windows Vista is that, apart from the forced exclusiveness of Direct X 10, it does not provide anything that I would need that I could not have in Windows XP.
Software developers have created so many excellent programs that add to the Windows XP experience that Vista's native exclusive features don't really make for a compelling upgrade argument. Just look at Bitlocker and Search for instance. Instead of using Bitlocker users can install True Crypt, and there are so many desktop search replacements for Windows XP that I stopped counting a long time ago (try Everything for instance).
Microsoft's main problem in my opinion is the lack of new features from a user's standpoint that would make a user say: Wow, that's better. The one key are that they did not mention in their feature comparison is performance and that is probably the area where they could make the biggest impact. But I guess that we have to wait until Windows 7 is released to the public before we see an improvement there as well.
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