Windows Vista hasn’t got long left. Its successor, Windows 7, is almost finished, and many have sampled it thanks to the recent beta testing initiative. But even at the end of its life cycle, Vista continues to receive awards, unfortunately, not of the good variety.
The Fiasco Awards is a new annual event organized by Catalan Association of Telecommunications Engineers. Yes, I know, it’s not exactly a hugely known, worldwide event, but it’s a fun and quirky look at the worst-performing I.T. products currently on the market, and that’s got to be good.
According to PC Authority, the Fiasco Awards are an attempt to find the funny side of the criticism regularly meted out in the technology sector. The main objectives of the not-for-profit initiative are “to share what we have learned from our mistakes” and “to have fun”.
Unfortunately for Microsoft fans, Vista topped the poll, beating competition from the likes of One Laptop Per Child and Second Life in the process. Out of the 6400 people who registered on the Web site and gave their opinion on this year’s contenders for the crown, 5222 (81 percent) gave the award to Vista, Microsoft’s botched attempt at an operating system that is now being replaced after just two years.
The Top 5 worst-performing I.T. products
1) Windows Vista
3) Second life
4) Google Lively
I’m sure there’ll be some debate as to whether Windows Vista actually deserves this award or not, especially at this point in its life when many of the early haters have grown to love it. Some people, meanwhile, have stuck with XP through it all and probably won’t have a clue whether Vista is actually any good or not.
The fact that Vista won this award is interesting in light of the release of Windows 7 being just around the corner. The general consensus among tech journalists and Microsoft pundits is that Seven is more like Vista 1.5 than anything else. And while most of the same commentators are positive that Windows 7 is superior, there is still an outside chance it’ll be another undignified fiasco.