Pros It has Quartz Extreme and doesn't run at root level
Cons It doesn't have Exposé
Summary Microsoft promised us a revolutionary OS that would leap ahead of everything else out there. They have taken years and years to get this thing out the door and it's been delayed and is rumored to be delayed again.
What does this review show us in Vista Beta 2?
Gadgets are OS X's Widgets, which are Desktop Accessories that appeared in System 1 on the Mac in 1984. Desktop Accessories were little applications that would run on top of everything else with tools like a calculator and calendar, etc. This was back in 1984.
Microsoft copied this and also copied the implementation, which comes from OS/2's side bar that had gadgets.
Vista comes with Parental Controls, which has been in OS X.
Vista has a cool GPU-accelerated user interface -- OS X's Quartz Extreme for years.
Vista has a search -- OS X's Spotlight.
Vista's Flip3D is a very poor attempt to copy a patented OS X Exposé. So let me get this straight, flipping through the windows one at a time in 3D space is more productive than cycling through them full screen with ALT TAB? This is garbage. Exposé is a dream because it puts all of your documents scaled down on your screen, side by side. You see all of them at the same time. It's really easy to identify the document you want and then click on it.
Windows Vista finally doesn't run you at root level. This is very good. The implementation may be crap, though, with dialogs coming up all the time for every single thing.
Windows Vista has a photo program -- OS X's iPhoto.
Windows Vista has a DVD authoring program -- OS X's iDVD.
Windows Vista has a calendar program -- OS X's iCal.
Seriously, a company that makes billions in profit every single quarter is outclassed by a much smaller company like Apple? How is Apple able to create all the great ideas and implement them in a fraction of the time as Microsoft? Doesn't Microsoft have any original ideas?
That new help system in Vista was in the Mac OS in 1997!
"Looks Familiar"on by thefox84
Pros Love the new interface, Gadgets(widgets), Search(spotlight), love the 3d windows view, safer and easier to use than XP, portable ram, great setup for gaming
Cons OS 10.5 in August, Hefty hardware requirements
Summary Although Microsoft copied off of Apple's Operating system(which I use and I like) I'm glad they didn't copy the whole thing. The one major advantage of Vista is the awesome game friendly software bundled with the system. This is not only for PC games, but Live Anywhere will be integrated into the "gadgets" section so Xbox 360 owners like myself will have access to Live marketplace and friends so a global community is established once people switch. This is very nice because now if you're on a PC you can download stuff to your Xbox 360 from anywhere and play PC gamers. I am very happy with the integration of PC and Xbox 360 features. Great and best OS for gamers. I am glad Microsoft paid attention to security XP was by far the easiest OS to hurt but Vista definitely isn't. The search tool is obviously nice I use it on OS X at work all the time and now it will be available on a PC. I like the new flip 3d ability it looks very promising as well as the live icons when using alt+tab and flip 3d(I noted that when you do the same operation is OS X that the minimized windows do not display a Live icon but what you minimized as in the same image). I am also enthused about the Media Center Integration. This will be very nice I do not have Media Center but can't wait to use it via my Xbox 360 in my living room. Portable ram is also nice with the ability to use flash drives as speed boosters which you can move from your laptop and desktop. Also what is nice is the new interface. The see through windows are a nice touch and make Vista seem more mature and complex than XP which it certainly is. Overall I am very pleased with the direction that they're going with the OS but they really need to catch up to Apple. OS X and Vista on the same computer is pretty enticing if you ask me.
Pros Looks good, A few handy features
Cons Very power hungry, Tech specs are huge
Summary I downloaded Vista Beta 2 last week and installed it on my desktop (2.8ghz P4 HT, 1gb RAM, 120gb HD, DVD Burner etc) and on my laptop (centrino 1.7ghz, 512mb RAM 60gb HD etc). My laptop, while it did start windows, failed misirably. Windows was so slow it was pointless and I'm back on Xp already. 512mb just cannot support Vista.
My desktop faired a little better, but I had to upgrade my RAM to 1.5gb to speed up to machine to "normal".
The first thing I noticed was that Vista include Media centre as standard in the ultimate version so I tried to connect my xbox as an extender for my pc. Big mistake. I got a message on my xbox that "this discs region is incorrect for this console. please go to www.xbox.com/support for more information". Following this my PC, which was supposed to be connecting to my xbox, crashed needing a restart.
I know I'm listing all the problems I found with vista but unfortunately their the biggest thing about the OS. The audio in the system is worse than crap. I installed itunes only to find that Vista would not let the icons be placed on the desktop properly , a security issue, go figure!. Anyway, the audio, when playing audio on either itunes or WMP there is an annoying clicking behind the music that is really noticable on a system with a sub woofer.
Once you get past these and a few more problems with vista its actually a good OS. It runs very well with Office 2007 and also with all the included programmes.
Games are a bit iffy. Battlefield 2 would not run properly for me at all no matter what i did.
Another piece of advice i would give is do not install this version on your laptop! It will eat your battery as the gfx demands are huge, my bat went from 3.9 hrs in XP to 1.2 with Vista, and the machine gets really hot.
I would recommend getting vista purely for interest purposes but only install it on a machine that is good enough to run it and with no important files on it. While the tech specs on microsoft .com list 512 RAM, i personally would not install it on a mchine with less than 1.5 and at least 2.8ghz. It will eat your resources.
Pros Slick interface, bitlocker, nice architecture, and rich programming libraries. This is clearly the future of operating systems.
Cons Search needs some timing improvements, UAC needs, I still prefer UNIX, and too many versions.
Summary I am tired of the Apple FUD being spread on this site. There is nothing wrong with having an opinion, but people need to keep objectivity in mind when doing a review. The Vista operating system is neither a 1 nor a 10. Further, it is not a carbon copy of OSX.
It has a number of very interesting features. A number of which are not even found in OSX. One would do themselves a service to download the Windows Vista Product Guide (as a comparison).
"nice job so far"on by sfairbairn
Pros best looking GUI for a OS
Cons taking too long to develop
Summary This is by far the best looking OS I have seen. Very stable for a beta, can't wait to see the final version.