Windows Vista 95In just 2-days it will be the 5-month anniversary since Windows Vista was released to consumers. Lately buzz around the Web has been dubbing Windows Vista as Me2, which is an abbreviation for Millennium Edition 2. Having been a not-so-proud owner of Windows Me I can thankfully say that Vista is no where near the state that Me was in.

Windows Me crashed nearly every day when I ran it, and BSoD’s (Blue Screen of Death) had become almost second nature to me. I think it was with Windows Me that I learned to rest my hands on the Ctrl+S keys while typing so that my fingers would naturally save what I was working on. And hardware compatibility…you might have been able to get something to work, such as a webcam, but you were sure to do some cussing along the way.

In the 4-months that Ashley and I have been using Vista the results have been rather pleasant. Ashley received a BSoD 2-days ago which is the first that either of us have received when running a non-Beta version of Vista. I’ve only come across a very limited number of applications that I couldn’t get to work right on Vista, although I could disable the User Account Control (UAC) and everything would probably work smoothly. At times the UAC can be annoying, but I actually like having the added security protecting my computer. While testing Beta versions of Vista I would always turn it off, but now I actually find myself leaving it on, and in a day’s time I only receive a few prompts.

Ed Bott also agrees that Vista is not comparable to Windows Me, but instead should be looked at as Windows 95 + 12 years. Here’s why:

  1. Unachievable levels of hype – Windows 95 was hyped to be able to do all kinds of stuff, and so was Vista when it was still under the codename of Longhorn.
  2. A very long and public beta – Windows 95 was in a public Beta for nearly two years, and Vista had one that was 18-months.
  3. Initial compatibility, performance, and stability problems – The first thing you hear people complaining about with Vista is that they can’t get some piece of hardware working right…Windows 95 was the same way.
  4. A beginning, not an end – Windows 95 was a huge stepping stone into the 32-bit era, and Vista is finally starting to break ground with the 64-bit computing.

Ed then goes on to say:

Expect a major Vista update after three years. Between now and 2010, Microsoft has a chance to do for Vista what Windows 98 did for Windows 95.

If history repeats itself, Microsoft will release its next Vista update in 2009 or 2010, after a low-profile, secretive beta cycle, and it will be greeted as finally delivering on the promise of what Vista should have been all along.

So I wouldn’t go as far as to say that Vista is equivalent to Window Me because I suffered with that operating system for over a year. I think Ed Bott is right when he says that the next version of Windows will deliver everything we expected Vista to be.

So do we have any Windows Me users out there that can vouch for the horrendous operating system?