That’s a matter of opinion, yes, but I’d say VISTA failed largely because it was a shock to many end-users on how much higher the hardware requirements were – the business community in particular. They were also not ready for years to dump all the hardware they invested in and they really didn’t see a point. That was something of a wake-up call for MS and you can’t blame the consumer for that. The point is that THEY should be anticipating what the market wants NOT dictating to the end-users/customers what they should buy.
(Apple gets away with dictating to the market to the point because of all the razzle-dazzle and the fact that human beings are still attracted to sparkly things… The brain shuts down for a bunch of people and they get convinced they have to have something despite the fact they arguably DON’T… The drive to upgrade the iPad or iPod every year loses its luster quickly when enough people get their heads out of their @#$@ and realize that yearly upgrades generally aren’t worth it. It’s one thing if you have a lot of disposable cash and it’s a drop in the bucket to upgrade every year, it’s really stupid when you don’t and otherwise are only upgrading to look cool around people you don’t know…)
What is stupid about the way we do technology is the West is the notion that we have to junk things at least twice a decade. Those costs add up quite a bit and it’s frankly very wasteful. How many people have been forced to abandon perfectly good scanners and other equipment because the manufacturer didn’t continue to support the hardware with drivers through half or full OS upgrades?? There is no way unless you automate most add-on PC equipment that it will break any time soon during the expected life of an OS.
I had a perfectly good, well-operating scanner for my last machine that despite its age was long from being worn out. Most scanners are built for at least 250,000 scans. Again, unless you attach an autofeeder and assign a task like feeding in legal documents or animation drawings to the scanner it’s doubtful you’ll wear the scanner out before the next OS upgrade. I couldn’t use my old scanner on my next system because by the time I got a new machine the basic connections had changed and the internal SCSI adapter card I already had(which was still useable on the newer machine) was not compatible with the scanner! The computer could still sense the scanner was “ON” at the end of the SCSI connection but it could send commands or receive scans. To keep that scanner would have meant buying an adapter card (IF there was a compatible card available!) that was more expensive than going ahead and buying a new scanner! In that sense, I definitely feel for the people who DON’T want to have to buy new joysticks for the new game consoles being released later in the year BUT I also know that we all WILL have to buy new joysticks for the forseeable future unless someone cracks the PCB security on the next gen consoles, too.
I don’t think Windows 8 completely overcame some of its stigma, too.
I heard too often that Windows 8 was considered not different enough from Windows 7 or that it confused the hell out of people with a bunch of unnecessary changes. Windows 7 seemed to be accepted well enough but MS sure doesn’t seem like the company it was during the heyday of Bill Gates, either…
People are fickle, yes, but they also don’t like being taken for rides too often where money is concerned…
… and most people and businesses DO NOT upgrade their computers that often.
Sometimes, it’s just not necessary.
I’ve got a six-year-old PC with 2x dual-core 64 bit processors that can easily run Windows 7 or 8 by the looks of things.
Like my last computer, tech proceeded well-in-hand with this machine and the amount of RAM it could handle also doubled just by increasing the RAM on the memory cards. More than enough to work well with the 64-bit OS’s, too.
IF I were more serious about video-editing AND gaming then an upgrade would be worth it but I can get along fine for at least a few more years with my current system. As it stands, it’s very likely the current PC I’m typing this on will end up spending the remainder of its day as a MAME system when it gets retired as a “Net computer.” Many people are already doing that or getting older, “free” computers from friends and work to run MAME as well.