I use a lot of Microsoft tools. I've used Windows for years. I use Visual C++. I like the programs that you can get for Windows.
That doesn't mean I'm a fan of the company. For instance, I have a laptop with Windows XP. My wife has a desktop that came with Vista.
Vista sucks. It is slow to load. It's resource intensive. The new menu is non-intuitive. The new explorere interface is poor. The overzealous attempts at out of the box security make running programs irritating due to the little 'you have to run this as administrator' dialog that pops up whenever you want to do any system changes, even when you are the administrator. (And yes, I know you can turn it off, but it is a pain.)
Today Wired is reporting that Microsoft may keep XP available after June 30, 2008, but Steve Ballmer insists that most people buy Vista, with the implication they prefer it.
Sorry, Steve. Most people buy Vista because you've driven it to the manufacturers and we don't have a choice. Put 10 computers on the shelf, half with XP and half with Vista, then see which one people prefer.
Vista with the Aero interface enabled is prettier than XP, but I'd rather have a responsive, non-irritating system than a prettier face.