Pros Tries to mimic Mac OS X
Cons Expensive; buggy; resource hog; Product Activation is a pain; DRM; poor imitation of Mac OS X
Summary Vista tries to mimic Mac OS X with features like search (Mac's Spotlight) and Sidebar (Mac's Dashboard). Even Aero Glass is a feeble attempt to outdo OS X's GUI interface. But OS X is slicker.
Product Activation is a pain in the ass. Vista's DRM limits you to what you can do with your software and media content.
Windows is expensive. Linux is free or available for a low, low price.
Mac OS X has much better built-in apps such as iLife. Linux has tons of great and free apps built-in! What does Vista offer you?
Vista is "Version 1.0" which means lots of bugs and application compatibility problems.
Vista's much-vaunted security is a joke. Hackers have already found security holes in Vista!
Vista is little more than a glorified Service Pack for XP. If you have Win XP, just stick with it. It's much safer.
Pros New features, more like Mac than Windows has ever been
Cons Many 3rd party program incompatibilities
Summary Vista is a solid upgrade with a lot of 21st century features. Recommend waiting a while though, as compatibility with existing programs will take time to sort out.
Many of my everyday programs have glitches here and there, from icons not drawing properly, to serial numbers being rejected, to just failing to launch.
I can't do without these for long so I'm pestering the creators to update them, but it will take time.
For personal productivity, I've got to stick with XP for now.
Pros Few I can think of
Cons Application incompatibilities; cost; confusion
Summary I think this is the sucker's release. MS has promised (its stockholders, to mention one group) that it will *never* go 5 years between major OS releases again.
I believe them. They will roll out something in probably 2 years, 3 tops. I'll wait for that. I'm certainly not going to pay them this year, and then pay them again that soon.
Pros Loads much faster than XP.
Cons Games are a problem, installing and working.
Summary I got my first BSOD today (in several years)when I tried to run a Quicktime movie. Vista does not play well with others. I-tunes is cantankerous and Quicktime killed it dead. I had to load DX9 to get games to work, even though Vista comes with DX10. WMP11 won't show a DVD but they play Ok in Media Center.
Pros Nice interface, better security, better stability.
Cons Not good enough to upgrade, no real features!
Summary Vista ain't bad, certainly better than XP, but simply, doesn't worth the money, there is no worth-upgrading features. My advice, stick to XP, until their forthcoming release (the OS after Vista! It won't be far).
My advice to people who really wants Vista now and who are scared, I say don't worry it will work just fine, there MUST be minor problems here and there but it should be solved by the release of SP1.