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It’s hard to escape hearing about the launch of Microsoft’s Vista operating system for business customers today — especially with Steve Ballmer calling it “the biggest launch in our company’s history.” The consumer version won’t be widely available until January. With all the delays in the […]

It’s hard to escape hearing about the launch of Microsoft’s Vista operating system for business customers today — especially with Steve Ballmer calling it “the biggest launch in our company’s history.” The consumer version won’t be widely available until January. With all the delays in the Vista launch, what’s a little more wait? Anne Zelenka has some thoughts on Web Worker Daily . What do you think?

  1. I think Microsoft made a big mistake by trying to put too much into a single release. The main feature consumers want from Vista is the new UI and they would have been happy to pay a small fee (say the cost difference between Vista Basic and Premium) to get a upgrade to XP that just provided the UI. Meanwhile, why do the corporate release first? Large corporations are very slow to upgrade their user base. I remember still using WIN98 at the office until about 2002.

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  2. They really blew it by missing the holiday season.

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  3. My activities usually lend themselves to Linux, but I still dual boot occasionally.

    I’m going to buy Vista just for the improved suspend/hibernate support to make using Windows less annoying.

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  4. If I want a pretty interface while running the risk of some non functioning programs or driver problems on my favorite software I’d just use my Mac.

    I see no reason to upgrade.

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  5. As a student, I really so no problem spending $5 for a copy via the ‘Microsoft Student Agreement’ to try it out. Nothing to lose, really.

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  6. So I think anyone commenting on this story needs to disclose whether they are a current Microsoft user — I’ve heard a lot of people giving beef about Vista who, it turns out, are Apple users with little interest in using Microsoft products in the first place. There’s a difference between not liking Vista because to hate Microsoft and not liking Vista because you don’t feel the need to upgrade from Windows XP.

    Now, I am a Windows XP user and I’m just so underwhelmed by the launch I can’t tell you. Will I be upgrading? Probably not. I’ve been offered a free copy of Vista by Microsoft, both directly and via their recent developer program over at PowerTogether.com – and I’ve decided to pass on both counts.

    I can remember when Win95 came out, and the marked difference between 3.11 and 95 was massive – I’m sure it was like upgrading from OS 9 to OSX. Vista just feels, right now, like lame duck release — just like ME was.

    The whizzy interface doesn’t appeal to me particularly and as a laptop user I’m not really into using up screen real estate for the sidebar. I know there’s some cool stuff in there like WPF, etc, but right now it doesn’t seem compelling.

    I also think launching the business version before the consumer version is crazy. Business, esp enterprise, never migrates to new OS’s immediately and is unaffected by the seasonal timing of the release. Consumers, on the other hand, tend to buy a lot of computers for Christmas – making this the best time to launch for consumers. I’m sure there was a good reason for doing things the way around they’ve done them – but I can’t see it myself.

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  7. I’ve been using Vista RTM for a couple days now and I have completely dropped my Macbook as if it was a bad habit. I’ve worked at Apple a few times and my wife still does (please don’t beat me down if you read this), but I cannot get over how functional and how beautiful Vista really is.

    Bash it all you want, but it is a pretty damn good OS.

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  8. Okay, having been a Micrsoft Vista RC1 user, I would have no hesitation switching to Vista. Period. I think it is a might fine OS, and addresses many issues I personally had with WinXP. In fact, who knows there might a Vista in my future.

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  9. I’d like to get a new machine, but am afraid not enough software will be compatible with Vista. I might just get a Vista machine to play around with so I am familiar with the interface, etc… and continue to use XP until enough software has migrated to make use of Vista.

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  10. I dont like the voting options. :) I want to vote “yawn”, but not because I am a Mac or Linux user. XP isn’t amazing by any means but it does everything I need to do just fine, and there is nothing in Vista that is interesting to me in any way.

    I totally agree with Ben as well – going business first is a horrible decision. Businesses NEVER upgrade to new OS’s right away. It’s always a wait and see game. If they’re not going to have it available to consumers in time for Christmas (i.e., today), they might as well wait another 10 months and make it that much better. Vista’s original specs were compelling, especially the new file system, but it’s been stripped down more than the Optimus 103 keyboard and is now really just a joke in my opinion.

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