Now that Vista has been released, the major debate is who really should make the move to Microsoft's newest and long-delayed Windows operating system. While Vista has taken security to new levels, some argue that the advancements don't justify an upgrade. Others are awarding Vista the title of Microsoft's best Windows OS. Still others say the majority of improvements over XP are more conveniences than essentials. It's questionable how many PCs will be able to take the upgrade easily — Design News Editor-in-Chief John Dodge's PC did not, at least not on the first try. Most reviews of Vista include advice to purchase a new PC with the operating system preloaded, which makes it much more expensive and time-consuming than in the past when it was just a matter of upgrading the software. And the many different versions of Vista create more choices to make.
We've compiled a few reviews to help you decide whether or not to go Vista. Be sure to e-mail us with your own Vista experiences. And check out our latest Software/Hardware feature for information on how Vista will affect design software.
VISTA REVIEWS Strike One Our own Editor-in-Chief John Dodge tried to install the home version of Microsoft Windows Vista on his computer as an upgrade from XP. It hasn't been easy. (Design News) Full StoryDon't Buy Vista for the Security Windows Vista is a leap forward in terms of security, but experts from Gartner and Rescuecom say the advances aren't enough to justify an upgrade. (CNET) Full Story Worthy, Largely Unexciting After months of testing, while Walter Mossberg tags Vista as the best Windows yet, he doesn't see it as a breakthrough in ease of use. (WSJ.com) Full Story Microsoft's Best Operating System Peter Lewis' verdict on the newest Windows: Vista is definitely the best operating system Microsoft has ever made. (Fortune Magazine) Full StoryUninspiring Vista Read how Vista has turned one former Microsoft apologist and devoted supporter into a Mac fan. (Technology Review) Full StoryVista's Three Killer Features To upgrade or not to upgrade is definitely the question — while you're deciding, Ed Bott highlights three killer features of the OS that haven't received nearly enough attention. (ZDNet) Full Story Essentials, or Conveniences? Vista offers a lot of improvements over Windows XP, but PC Magazine touts most of them as conveniences rather than essentials. (PCMag.com) Full Story
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