"Outstanding!"on by xgabeadx
Pros Aero is awesome, Voice Speech Recognition,
Cons Same Boot Time as XP, Vista drivers not yet available.
Summary Forget what everybody says about Microsoft copying ideas from Apple. Did you know that Steve Jobs orginally copied Xerox Graphical User Interface?(The first interface by the way) What about the new ipod? You can only download from Itunes? My point is both Apple and Microsoft both copies ideas and both want your money. Ignore the Apple commercial it is way exaturating Now I got that out of the way. I have had Vista for three days now. While I haven't gone through all of it I have enjoyed it so far. The OS looks great. I like the gadgets and Vista is fast once you get to the desktop. I was skeptical at first of IE7 because on XP I did not think it ran that great. But with Vista it runs smooth. While not the greatest The Windows Media 11 is a nice change. Plays music and videos solid. I really like The Media Center where you can view videos photos and even record TV if you have a tuner. The speech recognition is a great plus. Not only can you do documents you can use the entire windows just with your voice! Once other companies are par with Vista we will see more driver releases and new hardware. Yes windows will always be able to cracked or get a virus, but remember 90 percent of computers have Windows on them. So why would you want to waste time in cracking Apple? If you don't care about all the little technical stuff and just want to be entertained and a change of scenery and have a stable systen Vista is good to go. If you have a previous computer then wait til all drivers come out for Vista. If you are going to by a computer with Vista go ahead and make the change!
Pros Eye candy?
Cons Hidden costs
Summary If I were to install Vista I would have to 1.Buy a new film scanner. 2.Buy a new printer. 3.Buy a new flatbed scanner. 4.Replacement for Norton security. 5. Not sure about system mechanic. That alone would make the real cost to me to be in four figures. "If it aint broke don't fix it"Updated
Despite my 'negative review' of Vista (I'm surprised that some submissions are so vitriolic about Vista - have they Microsoft shares?) I find it excellent when it comes to organizinig and finding individual images. Also on the plus side IE7 is way more secure(can be run with XP Pro also) The photo slide show gadget on the desktop is very 'cool'- can a 68yr old use that word?! My two current critics,who's views I respect, should let Microsoft sort probs.and don't take offence when somebody doesn't trust Vista YET. BTW. I have to replace my Nikon Coolscan which will cost me 650Euro approx.and MS and Nikon inform me that there's no Vista driver and won't be.
Pros More stable, looks beautiful, more features
Cons requires a great deal of hardware, expensive, lower battery life...
Summary Well I recently got to try Windows Vista. I'd have to say, this was an OS that Microsoft delayed releasing for years (originally Longhorn, 2004), so naturally, my expectations were high.
The first look of Vista is glorious--I have to admit, Microsoft did a great job in terms of graphics. Aero is awesome-the new alt-tab features, screen previews alone are great to look at. Furthermore, the 3d screen flip is amazing. However, Vista came with more than looks--theres many new features, such as a Search feature (which is STRANGELY similar to Mac OS X's spotlight feature), data encryption (ultimate), gadgets (which is nothing but a rip of Mac's widgets), sidebar, new start menu, added security for protection from viruses, worms, etc. The installation was also really clean and effortless. BUT MOST OF ALL IT IS MORE STABLE-NO SYSTEM CRASHES!!!
Unfortunately, while vista may be more stable, other outside factors cause it to crash. For example, Vista took up over 490MB of my RAM, even with no programs running!! TO get premium performance, especially with Aero, you are going to need at least 2GB of RAM. Furthermore, many applications and games are not compatible with Vista-I tried to load counterstrike on Vista but it failed. Furthermore, it is fairly expensive-Premium, which gives you aero starts at $300 and up.
The worst part has to be the obvious rips from Mac Tiger--it really is pathetic how many aspects of Vista have been taken from Mac and have given a small remix, and then have been called amazing Windows features. Just to name a few: every window in Vista (ex: explorer) has a search feature, which was not present in windows XP. It perfectly resembles Mac's search feature, which was available on Mac years ago. Furthermore, Windows "gadgets" are the saddest thing-it just shows how Microsoft has lost its innovation, and as a result, has to take Steve Job's ideas, such as widgets which were available several years ago on Tiger,and change the name and put it on Vista.
Whats interesting is how Microsoft has put alt of effort into graphics-Mac has been known for looking stunning, and Vista seems to be Microsoft's response. However, their response requires top of the line hardware--with a Mac, the same stunning looks can be achieved on slower hardware.
Moreover, if your a laptop user (such as myself) you will be pleased to know that because of Vista, all laptops with Vista only have half the battery life of XP-so it is not convenient at all for business or heavy users.
ALL IN ALL, IF YOUR BUYING A NEW COMPUTER, AND WANT A MICROSOFT OS, VISTA IS NOT A BAD CHOICE--IT HAS MANY PLEASANT FEATURES. BUT FOR BUSINESS USERS, HARDCORE GAMERS, AND PEOPLE WHO WANT ALL THESE FEATURES AND MORE, GET A MAC OR STICK WITH WINDOWS XP.
Pros New UI makes things easy to find and is more intuitive than OS X by a long shot
Cons Driver support is still somewhat elusive in some hardware. Get with the program manufacturers!
Summary Although it took a long time for this release to become available, I think it was worth the wait. Not only does the OS have truly innovative features and functionality in hardware, but the software is of the highest quality MS has put out to date. Vista is a fantastic business, home and gaming platform. Many services are disabled by default making it the most secure OS from MS to date. I have put RTM on 5 machines so far. A brand new MacPro, a Mac Book Pro, a Dell Optiplex GX260, and my two systems at home, Athlon XP 2400+ and a Athlon x2 4000+. All of these machines scream (well, besides the Dell). Building of the framework of the 2003 kernel makes this an extremely solid, reliable and secure OS. After installing it on the MacPro, I won’t even go back to OSX except for Filemaker Dev, Apple Scripting and XCode dev (rarely). Vista Home Premium is great for the average person, but if you want to see the true power of the OS, go with Ultimate. The beauty of this OS surpasses OS X by leaps and bounds, I’ve even used the latest seed of leopard only to find that its another kernel panicking POS like the rest. Sorry Steve, my money will go to Bill again..But hey, stay smug!
"Vista is fun"on by pcomitz
Pros Fun to use
Cons none really
Summary A quick read of many of the reviews here shows that it is impossible for a Microsoft product to get a fair judgement from many. Microsoft bashing is both fashionable and hip. Folks that bash Microsoft think they are sophisticated (especially true with journalists). The same folks who gush over minor Firefox upgrades bash Microsoft at every turn. (I read one review that rated Firefox superior to IE 7 because of the placement of the forwward/back buttons - does anyone really care? ) Asking for an open public rating of Microsoft is a bit like asking the general public to rate George Steinbrenner and the New York Yankees. The vocal bashers will crawl out of the woodwork.
It's simply human nature to hate the "haves"
Have a nice day everyone