Despite my praise, I’ve been surprised to hear my colleagues and also the press in general describe Vista as a catastrophic failure. At first I thought it was Microsoft bashing, but the bashing was so consistent and so prolonged that I believed it. Although I liked Vista – most people apparently did not.
Microsoft was naturally frustrated by this. I know they do a lot of usability studies there, and it had done well in studies. Why did it “fail” in the market and press?
Hence, Microsoft Mojave was born. This was a user experiment where Microsoft recruited volunteers who had never tried Vista to check out Microsoft’s new OS, “Mojave”. Only after demoing Mojave and getting rave results from those same users did Microsoft reveal that Mojave was actually just Vista.
Anyway, if Microsoft is to believed on this (and don’t forget Microsoft has been caught lying under oath in the past with forged videos), it confirms my thoughts on Vista. Vista is actually pretty well liked; just hated by the press.