“Devil Mountain Software, the outfit that had previously declared Vista SP1 a Performance Dud came to the conclusion that Windows XP SP3 Yields Performance Gains – about 10% compared to XP SP2. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the very same tests show the outgoing operating system, XP twice as fast as Vista, the ‘flagship’ OS. “
The biggest problem which Microsoft faces is that a lot of its users are used to software which is just “good enough”, so much so that they really don’t want anything more. And Windows XP really is just good enough. Why upgrade? The answer that Microsoft makes them hear is simply “you have no choice – you’re buying a new PC and that means Vista”.