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This article was published on January 30, 2012


5 years ago today, Microsoft unleashed the biggest troll of all time

5 years ago today, Microsoft unleashed the biggest troll of all time
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Harrison Weber is TNW's Features Editor in NYC. Part writer, part designer. Stay in touch: Twitter @harrisonweber, Google+ and Email. Harrison Weber is TNW's Features Editor in NYC. Part writer, part designer. Stay in touch: Twitter @harrisonweber, Google+ and Email.

According to Pingdom, Microsoft brought Windows Vista into existence on January 30, 2007, which means it is celebrating its 5th birthday as we speak.

I’ve never been a fan of Vista, and honestly can’t really think of anyone who ever was. It was a failed attempt to bulk up on shiny OS X-like features, and it ended up making XP look lean and fast until Windows 7 finally came into play.

In fact, even as Windows 8 inches towards beta, XP is still the #2 most popular operating system in the world, utterly destroying Mac OS X’s market share. Right now, Vista sits just 3% above OS X at 10% of all operating systems — definitely still a significant number.

Believe me when I say I am not the only one to hate on Vista. It seems like the whole world was let down after Microsoft took about 6 years to crank it out. Luckily, it didn’t take Windows 7 too long to make up for Vista’s shortcomings, and a lot of softies have their hearts set on Windows 8, which certainly looks promising at the moment.