I've tried to keep up with the news about Vista. People have a pretty good idea about what'll come out because earlier this year Microsoft released a public beta that anyone could download for free. In addition, developers (and tech journalists)Originally Posted by ArchieComic Fan;2162033;
It depends on what you mean by "good". I've seen the screencaps of this new Aero interface. Make no mistake, it's very good-looking, but it's not revolutionary. I'm also not sure how many people care that Windows looks good.
Under the hood, Microsoft has made a lot of changes, trying to make Vista more secure. Will they work? No one really knows. At least one of the steps that Microsoft took to improve security has already been proven to be bypassable. Ooops. That said, Vista is likely to be more secure than XP in the long run.
The problem is that Vista will be a hardware hog. The big hit will be in two areas: your memory and your video. For memory, the recommendation is at least 1GB, and some are even recommending twice that. Only enthusiasts run that much today.
Video is the bigger problem. Many laptops will not be able to run Vista decently - they don't have the graphics power to do it. Similarly, unless you spent a decent amount of money (call it $1000 or so) on a PC in the last two, three years or so, you are also in trouble.
My advice based on all I've read and listened to can be condensed to one word: wait. It's not coming out for consumers until the end of January - it's out today for corporate clients, but even those people will take their sweet time before upgrading. I think people should take the same attitude corporations will. It's rather similar to the PS3 launch - there are bugs that will have to be worked out, and if the current solution works for you, don't change.