Windows Stability

I hate to bang on Windows because it just gets tiresome. After quoting Steve Jobs a few days ago I thought that I would give
give it a rest. There just didn’t seem to be much in doing it. But, you guessed it, here I go again. This article really surprised me. Here’s the quote that made me decide to comment:

According to the survery, the average failure rate requiring a system reboot was measured around 8% per session. This figure fluctuates largely according to the version of Windows. Indeed, Windows 2000 has a failure rate of 4% and NT4 of 3%, whereas Windows XP is closer to 12%.

I couldn’t believe this. I has been my experience that Windows has improved. XP seems to be much better than earlier versions. As a matter of fact I just purchased a copy of Windows98 because 95 keeps crashing on my VirtualPC and I need it to run Hebrew Tutor. I don’t think my iBook can handle XP so I’m trying to keep it simple.

I’m not going to lecture on how Windows should be doing better than that, the article at MacObserver does that. On a related note, the Wall Street Journal is recommending switching to Mac. Mossberg apparently hadn’t read the article on Windows stability when he wrote his piece since he says, “Not only is it more secure, but the Mac operating system is more capable, more modern and more attractive than Windows XP, and just as stable.” It appears Mac OS X is more stable.

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