You're oversimplifying. Gabe's (and I think its safe to assume, Rob Pardo's) comments were directed at Microsoft's integration of the Windows Store and their new controls over the platform. Its not hard to see how that could affect Steam's business model, as well as Blizzard's software distribution system. I don't blame them for being critical, but it doesn't seem to have a major, direct impact on us as the users.
They were not criticizing the underlying system, which is apparently no worse than Windows 7 with some minor improvements and questionable UI changes. Comparing it to the problems Vista had is flat-out untrue as far as I know.
Just a tip: boldface type stops working when you use it for entire sentences and in nearly half of a post.
Yeah once again we disagree slightly ar least. Quote "Again, it's not clear as to why Newell and Pardo think that Windows 8 will be such a disaster." So to speak exact reasons precisly is not known. I know why I don't like W8 and thats good enough for me. IT people in my country most of them don't consider W8 good.
I have heard enough of criticism both from workmates and in internet that I will not buy that OS unless they make it much better with patches/windows update. It is not impossible they could do it better. Windows XP was high security risk until Service Pack 2 was released.
Besides Rob Pardo criticism was milder. Quote: Newell did hint that his views about Windows 8 were part of the reason why the company has been trying to port their Steam PC game download service to the Linux platform.
As for security between Windows Vista and Win XP yes Windows Vista has much better firewall. Windows XP firewall is so simple so it only blocks incoming signals, but if you have infected computer with spyware it will do NOTHING to prevent outgoing signals.http://rogerkar.blog...s-firewall.html
It is no problem for me with Windows XP in my old desktop computer. I simply use Zonealarm Free Firewall and Avira Free Antivirus which both are free for personal users. Zonealarm is also very user friendly and easy to use firewall software.
Of course if you got MR Joe who don't know anything about computers except that he barely can read his email then maybe Windows Vista is better then Windows XP(with service pack 3) if he can not install software. However before SP2 Windows XP was a huge security risk. I would rather use Windows Vista then Windows XP with less then Service pack 2(Service Pack 3 is the newest). If you use Windows XP then make sure that you have at least SP2, but even better if you have SP3 installed.
Windows 7 has only Service Pack 1 released so do not confuse with that. SP3 was my recommendation for those who still use Windows XP.
Edited by Stargate, 26 December 2012 - 11:15 AM.