Something which Microsoft never seemed to have learnt is that if you build on bad foundations what you end up with is never very satisfactory and inherits all of the problems of its predecessor. So it is with Windows Vista (Beta 2). Microsoft’s “next generation” OS is so bad it’s painful to watch (let alone use!) and it’s already three years late. All the amazing features announced when development begun have vanished (to difficult even for them apparently) and what you’re left with is a prettied up version of XP with more annoying security prompts. It’s a real disappointment to see something which could have been good turn out to be complete rubbish. Even when Microsoft tries to copy features from other OS’s they make a mess of it and what you end up with is a system which feels like its been hurriedly cobbled together from a load of disjoint components.