Re: Microsoft Vista
- From: Ike <retiring@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 05 Sep 2006 14:57:00 GMT
It looks like Vista will be on the open market about January 07.
Anyone have any information on what Vista will do better than XP?
(An inadvertant posting on a Microsoft Canadian site, reveals that Vista will sell for about $230 for the Home version.)
I've tried it on a couple of our computers, and like it. It's still on one of the desktop machines at work - but it's an early beta and isn't networked to the system so I can't comment on that. While W95/98 depended entirely on add-ons for security, and W2000/XP was about 50% intrinsically secure, WV will eventually put a lot of spyware, antivirus, rootkit revealer, etc. products out of business (or will force malware authors to elevate their strategies and skills.
WV feels very good. If you're comfortable with XP you won't have any difficulty with the transition. File handling is more Apple-like, and the desktop stays cleaner (maybe due to less usage?). Image-management (including videos) is superb. WV will go a long way to reduce software piracy, too, which should push software prices down. So I guess the summary is better GUI, improved multimedia, and security.
When you add a new OS to an existing computer, you never know where problems come from, and tech support will always point to the other guy. The "right" way to buy Vista is to wait till you need a computer - every 18-24 months? - and buy your new one with WV integrated. That will eliminate the most common hardware:software finger-pointing, and you'll get "integrated" tech support while in the warranty period.
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