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This is Leo Notenboom for askleo.info.
An anniversary quietly slipped by this week, mostly unnoticed.
A question I get very regularly, particularly from friends and acquaintances who are in the process of figuring out what kind of new machine to get, is "should I get it with Vista?".
Unfortunately, at best all I can really do is shrug my shoulders. As I've stated before, Vista's nice, but not compelling. A year later, factor in the most common complaint of hardware compatibility issues for hardware that's not really that old, and that's still where I land.
It's nice. But ... "eh".
I think that if I were purchasing a new machine today and I had the option, I'd be seriously tempted to stay with Windows XP. If Vista was my only option, then I'd certainly take it. It's not like I consider it a disaster, per se. But all other things being equal, I'd still pick XP for a while longer. Perhaps a long while longer.
Don't get me wrong, Vista's a fine OS. In fact as I've mentioned before, I've been running it on my laptop since shortly after it became publicly available. I certainly don't feel a pressing need to reformat that machine. It's just that it doesn't feel as ready for prime time as XP still does.
Vista is no doubt the future. But it's kind of like a what a friend once said about software he had been working on. It was so-called "leading edge" because it demanded more than current hardware could provide. Someday, when hardware caught up it would be just fine. That was his excuse, anyway, for having written big and slow software.
Vista doesn't suffer the "big and slow" issue compared to XP, but in some ways it's in much the same boat. Hardware compatibility issues will slowly disappear as more and more old hardware gets cycled out and all new hardware is naturally Vista compatible. Vista itself is relatively stable for a first release of a major revision, and it will will continue to stabilize as SP1 (now rumored for sometime early next year) and eventually SP2 come out.
But that's "someday in the future".
For people wanting to get things done today, XP still seems to me to be the way to go, particularly if you're upgrading. It works and it works well. Vista's just not that compelling for the average user.
A year after its release, I find that not just disappointing but actually kind of sad.
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Till next time, I'm Leo Notenboom, for askleo.info.
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