Is HP Wanting to Improve the Vista Experience, or Completely Avoid It?

The Vista experience – what exactly is it? Microsoft continuously strives to improve the experience users of its operating systems are subjected to.

This is one of Microsoft’s biggest concerns when developing their computing platforms. Microsoft wants the average consumer to be more productive via a user friendly and intuitive interface - the Vista experience.

However it appears that consumers abroad and some of the industries largest players think otherwise. In a recent move by the currently No. 1 PC maker giant – Hewlett-Packard, the user experience is being viewed from a different angle. HP has put together a team of engineers that are focused on developing software that will essentially by-pass certain elements of Windows Vista.

HP has acknowledged this effort as the ‘customer experience’ group which was put together nine months ago under the watch of Susie Wee – a former director within HP’s research labs. This ‘customer experience’ team is developing on touch-screen technologies and other software that will allow consumers to perform functions such as watching movies, view digital photos and manage other media and content much easier.

Quoting HP’s chief technology officer, Phil McKinney “Our customers are looking for insanely simple technology where they don’t have to fight with the technology to get the task done.”

Upon launch Windows Vista drew a lot of criticism from its target audience with claims that it “slows computers down” and “does not work smoothly for certain tasks.”

Employees involved with an internal project at HP are looking at possibilities of replacing Windows with a customized HP-assembled operating system. McKinney claims any discussions about building a customized operating system to rival Windows are happening below senior-management levels at this time. There was no denial that some employees may have had such conversations, but HP is not devoting substantial resources into such projects.

Still however, sources claim that employees within HP’s PC division are exploring possibilities of building a mass-market, customized operating system based on Linux. The goal would be to make an operating system that is actually easy to use for mainstream users. According to sources this goal would strengthen HP against Apple and make them much less dependent on the Windows platform. For the record, Apple has been increasing in Market share with its easy to use computers using its own customized operating system. Food for thought?

Several of Microsoft’s partners are stepping up support for Windows alternatives as well. Intel is now promoting Linux for a new class of mini-laptops that use its Atom processor. Dell has also introduced a mini-laptop that can run Linux as well – they also may be using the operating system for digital media players according to someone that is familiar with the company’s plans. “It is an endrun around Windows,” says Rob Enderle, president of tech consultant Enderle Group.

  • frozenlead
    For the record, I found mac OSX pretty hard to figure out. A little harder than when I first started windows.

    But anyway, windows vista is a near flawless operating system, once you get rid of the bloatware that vendors put on them.
  • jaragon13
    Uhh,because the users are completely retarded? 'LET'S USE OUR FINGERS!!!!' *insert retarded looking face here*
  • SirCrono
    Microsoft should ban the install of any third party bloatware, that way they'll take the grief for windows problems and not for vendor pre-loaded software. I bet half or more of vista (or any other OS) problems came from third party vendors.
  • nekatreven
    I love how HP is trying to save us all from ourselves when they are one of the worst when it comes to infesting new computers with their bloatware.

    Wild Tangent Games, Quicken/Money, Norton, Easy Internet Sign-up, HP Update, HP Wireless Assistant, HP Pre-loaded photosmart/office jet drivers, HP Imagezone, HP/Compaq Connect toolbar, HP advisor.

    ...and that list is just from memory, there are many more. Not to mention all of the HPs that shipped with some version of PHP (or was it python) installed to run more of their crap.

    Lame was your damn fault so many Vista PCs sucked in the first place.
  • I still regret buying a Vista OEM DVD about a year and a half ago, just because I thought it looked cool.
    I had it on my notebook for 6 hours, when I started noticing it's nearly harddisk destructive backgroundtasks in idle mode. I spend about 2 days tinkering the system,disabling services,learning the difference.

    By then I figured out my batterylife went from 6 hours on XP, to a little over 4 hours on Vista. Not only that, but I had these enormous amounts of continuous annoying popups...
    Despite it's good looks, Vista comes second last, on the same level as MacOS.

    I regret buying the Vista OEM DVD, and wished i could ship it back to MS, and get a refund.

    Everywhere I use XP, which I still think is the best OS out there.
    Linux goes second place, and against all others, I find Mac OS Dead last (next to vista).
    The 1 mousebutton in MacOS is such a turnoff, as well as their high priced notebooks, and slower system components then similar same day released pc hardware. I find Mac OS just so unpleasant to work with... Different, non professional.. seems like been made by artists who wanted to funkefize Win.3.11.

    The right mousebutton is worth Gold to me,no way I'd want to exchange that!

    Linux (Mainly Ubuntu) is on second place, because video and game acceleration is still slower then XP, and because the OS has a similar feel as Win98;doesn't seem to like respond instantly.
  • rocky1234
    Maybe HP should stop blaming Vista & Microsoft & look at all that Bloatware they install on their below Average machines lacking ram to run not only Vista but their bloatware as well.Also whats with this touch everything crap if I wanted finger prints all over my monitor I would have put them their already bad idea yet again. If they think making an OS is that easy go for it & then fail fail fail. Makes my job easier to sell our properly built PC's without all the bloatware that these big companies like to ad to your Windows experience.
  • megamanx00
    They get money for that bloatware and hence that's how they can sell those low end systems so darn cheap. That would be cool if HP did a custom version of Linux for certain computers. I think it's funny that they are trying to make vista better. Putting a cherry on a turn isn't going to make it any better, and well that's how a lot of people view vista, a redmond turd. Yeah MS is still making a boatload of money, but HP doesn't want to stand buy and loose market share to Apple

    So, anyone think this could be the year of the Linux Desktop? Well I take it HP will take a little longer than a few months to develop their own "user friendly" Linux based OS. I guess we'll see if anything comes of it.
  • V3NOM
    HP and Dell = scammers. I can build a computer faster than a $2000 Dell for $1300 not including the postage of the parts... piss off out of the desktop scene and make better laptops dell and hp
  • ThePatriot
    The amount of hardware resources required just to make Vista run is simply too big. That's why most companies are up/down grading, depending on your perspective, to XP. Vista is everything but an insanely simple user experience. For some obscure reason, MS engineers don't grasp the concept of a simple system.
  • MrRogers07
    I use OS X and am always using the right mouse button. I have been a beta tester for Windows since Win95 and am very versed in there products. I am also a IT system engineer in the US Navy. I purchased a Mac 3 years ago to help in learning Unix. Have not looked back, had a 2 week learning curve until I was as productive with OS X as WinXP. I enjoy that when I am home I do not have to spend my time administering my computer and I can just use it. I also don't have to spend time removing crapware when I purchase a new system, nor need to buy a lot of software just to be productive. Its a personal choice but if your going to knock it falsely then I will call you on it. Don't say that you have to buy another mouse to make the right button work because any PC I have ever purchased I always needed to replace the crap mouse they sent me.