I think it's a misleading title, although I appreciate it comes from what is actually a misleading title in the linked article.
Microsoft aren't killing Vista, they're killing all support for it. Vista will continue to run - which it would not be able to do if it was being killed on April 11. It's obviously for users to decide whether it's worth the risk of continuing to use Vista after that date and for some there may well be legitimate reasons and qualified circumstances that make that a perfectly understandable decision (they might not even use it with an internet connection, for example). Besides, some take the view these days that for all practical purposes there are greater risks of breaking or compromising your system by installing Windows Updates than there are by leaving your machine unprotected ! Windows 10 forced updating, telemetry and advertising? No thanks!
It's a situation I'll therefore very likely face like many others in January 2020 when all support for Windows 7 remains scheduled to be killed, but not Windows 7 itself. Mind you, if market share remains as at present then it's a decision they may need to revisit nearer the time.
I was happy with Windows 7 but when I brought a new PC it came with Windows 8 which I found awful so I went back to an old Vista machine until an upgrade to Windows 10 was available. I would probably still be happier with Windows 7 but over time I have found that staying with old standards just makes the change all the more painful when you are eventually forced to move on.
From what I recall of VIsta there were was the hardware issue. Manufacturers were selling machines which didn't have the support to run it. I think that led to Microsoft requiring sellers to identify their computers as either "vista ready" and "vista approved." Something like that anyway. The vista ready machines were ones which could maginally run it, I.E. computers coming in at <£200 with very poor hardware. Because of what the manufacturers did, it got VIsta an extra bad name publicly wise.
It now kind of sits in the same area as Windows ME does.
I never used it personally though, but I did have Windows ME. Oddly enough my favorite MS OS is Windows 8.1, I have it on all my devices bar one and I wouldn't have it any other way.
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To be honest, I can't recall whether I thought Vista was better, worse, or much the same as ME. I do recollect that neither compared well with XP, and that I was nonetheless seduced into buying both ME and Vista at their respective launches, which is more than can be said of 8, 8.1 or 10 - none of which I have had any remote interest in touching, not least because I use desktop PCs rather than hand-held devices. Of the post-9* versions of Windows, XP and 7 are the only ones I've actually appreciated and found on the whole reliable and/or tempting.