On the Open Road blog the title of the article is “PC manufacturers seek shelter from Vista’s drizzle” and it points to a Wall Street Journal about how OEM manufacturers are introducing their own software to make the Vista experience palatable… http://news.cnet.com/8301-13505_3-10026884-16.html
If you’ve bought an OEM retail and — not ordered from the business online store but walked into the local Best Buy and bought a retail machine, I’d argue that’s not what’s going on at all. I’d argue that you don’t find that the OEM vendors are building their own software to make Vista pleasing, rather that what is happening is like what you see on Election day ballot measures. Peel back the arguments and ask who is paying for the ballot measures and that’s where the real story is.
There’s always another story behind the story, and to me it looks more like the OEMs have money deals with various software vendors than there is that they are making Vista better. More often than not you have to pull off all the OEM stuff just to get a Vista that works.
The failure here is the OEM experience, make no mistake about it, but I’m not convinced that OEMs are making it better for users.