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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Microsofts New OS Vista Is Here

Vista’s a win-win, but issues remain

After five years of development, Microsoft announced the launch of Windows Vista operating system and Office 2007 on Tuesday. Slated as the two most innovative and most tested software products in Microsoft's history, the systems claims a new interface with significantly enhanced security, integrated search and overall improved performance. MS honchos have announced Vista will transform the way people use technology to communicate, connect, create content, share content and access entertainment. Shauvik Ghosh blogged around to figure out what the users had to say

Microsoft Vista: Should you buy now?

(Fortune Magazine) -- What does Windows Vista have in common with the just-christened nuclear aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush? Answer: They are both powerful flagships of technology that took five years and billions of dollars to build.
Also, while they'll both be in use for years to come, they're almost certainly the last of their respective kinds. The world now moves at Internet speed, and slow, complex behemoths - whether warships or software - are being forced to become smaller, faster and more maneuverable.
Vista is anything but. After numerous well-publicized delays - two years of core coding had to be scrapped and rewritten to plug security holes - Vista will be launched on Jan. 30, backed by Microsoft's largest-ever marketing blitz.

Green Party: Vista means more dead PCs

The UK Green Party has claimed that Microsoft's latest operating system, Vista, could lead to a mass upgrade of PCs that will result in old machines being dumped in landfill sites.
Speaking ahead of the official UK consumer launch of Vista on Tuesday, Derek Wall, Green Party male principal speaker, warned that migrating to the operating system would result in many consumers and businesses having to buy new hardware and bin perfectly usable old kit.
"Vista requires more expensive and energy-hungry hardware, passing the cost on to consumers and the environment," Wall said. "This will also further exclude the poor from the latest technology, and impose burdensome costs on small and medium businesses who will be forced to enter another expensive upgrade cycle."

Wait! Don't buy Microsoft Windows Vista

Over the next few weeks, a Microsoft ad campaign will try to convince you to move to Windows Vista.
This is not a review of the Windows Vista operating system. I'm not here to tell you about Vista or what's wrong with it. For an opposing viewpoint, read Windows Vista: 15 Reasons to Switch.
And to help you make up your own mind, here's a list of other informative PC World Windows Vista stories and video:

: A video tour of Windows Vista's features

: Exclusive: First Vista PC lab tests

: Windows Vista FAQ

This article is key reading for those of you who are about to download or purchase Windows Vista and install it on a PC. I'm here to talk you out of it. Just say no to Windows Vista -- for now. Here's why.

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