June 07 - Windows Vista - will you be switching?
Microsoft launched its new operating system 'Windows Vista' on January 30th this year. With more than 90% of the world's computers using Microsoft operating systems, this was a big event - it has been five years since the launch of Windows XP. So how is the new software being received on the market?
Vista sales strong
Vista sales have been stronger than some pundits predicted with a large proportion of users opting for the premium editions. One might argue that the basic edtions don't really provide the functionality that makes an upgrade worthwhile. It is in the handling of media content - videos, pictures, music etc that the new operating system gives a meaningful benefit to the ordinary user, but the setup of network connections for those without technical knowledge is also more streamlined. Of course, the 'aero graphics' with their semi- transparent effects will appeal to many but if you are thinking of Vista for an existing computer or need to use older software or hardware, read on...
There have been a number of problems for users of the new Vista operating system, mainly in compatibility with some existing programs or hardware such as scanners and modems.
Other problems being discussed include the playback of premium content video which may be degraded by the Microsoft Digital Management system designed to protect copyrighted material.
To Vista or not to Vista
If you are thinking of upgrading an existing computer from XP to Vista, then the only really compelling reason would be the improved handling of media content. If you are determined to go ahead then try the compatibility advisor above.
If you are investing in a new desktop or laptop computer, then the decision is more difficult. Vista would appear to be the operating system of the future so unless you expect compatibily issues or feel that the operating system is too new then the balance must be in favour of Vista.