I recently heard about a continental friend's experiences with Windows Vista. Though we know already that Vista was not the unalloyed success that it was meant to be, I find it interesting to know, it was not just a problem in the Anglophone computer world.
I knew so many people who would not touch Vista, despite the advertising blitz. They were going to stay with the tried and mostly trusted, Windows XP. A few people did buy new computers and had Vista forced on them as the pre-loaded operating system. A small number of computer users bought into Vista as the 'must have' latest all-singing-all-dancing operating system. They soon discovered their error.
After some public outcry, one company made a selling point of offering its most expensive computers with 'your choice of operating system' that is, either Vista or XP. But, you had to spend lots of money to get the choice.
Eventually, the advertising and selling hype was silenced; Microsoft just had to go back to basics. The Corporation promised to continue to support the stable and generally approved of Windows XP operating system. (Microsoft had already made clear continuing to support the XP platform, was not what they had intended to do).
So far, it seems that Windows 7 is what Vista never was, serviceable. It does seem to be stable and it has certainly, been better received than Vista ever was. The aggravation caused by the development and marketing of Vista is rarely heard now.
Vista will, I trust, be consigned to the trash along with Windows ME, which was another poor operating system foisted upon the world of computer users.