This is my second rant. Many of you may not know that I am in IT. I don’t really talk about IT much because it’s nowhere near as interesting as genetically modified foods and corporate malfeasance.
I have actually been a fan of Microsoft for many years. The reason being that I find their software easy to use and relatively effective. I have kept an eye on competing products such as Linux (operating systems) and Open Office (productivity suites), etc. However, in a corporate environment, using Microsoft products has made sense (I know I’m going to get some flack for saying that).
For the first time I find myself strongly anti Microsoft and the reason is that they are trying to force us to move from XP to Vista. Vista sucks. There are a lot of problems with it and it requires a very powerful computer to run properly but it gives very little in return. There is no feature in Vista for which I would give up XP. Now it is not possible to buy XP anymore. I manage a network of over 100 computers, if we change to Vista I will have to throw away all the PCs and buy new ones plus retrain the users, all for absolutely no benefit. This makes me mad. There was a good article on ITWeb about the environmental impact of PCs made obsolete because of Vista.
For now, we buy Vista licences and downgrade to XP. But I’m starting to think there is no reason why we can’t run Ubuntu Linux.
The second thing that is bothering me is the new Office 2007. I hate it. It is so completely different from Office 2003 that I have to retrain all my users if we upgrade. We have no intention of upgrading, however when we buy new machines, we can’t buy Office 2003 because it’s not available anymore. So again, we have to buy Office 2007 licences and downgrade. I’m currently testing Open Office to see if there is anything preventing us from switching.
I hate being forced into something. Microsoft, you have managed to make an enemy of me.
ps. please don’t post comments telling me to go Mac. That is not feasible in a corporate environment.