March 2, 2006
Written by Jason Cross
There’s a lot of confusion about Windows Vista these days. Many online discussion forums have a great number of users who express no desire to upgrade to Vista.
Sure, we’ve all seen the screenshots and maybe a video or two of Vista in action, but for many it only seems like new tricks for an old dog. Yeah, it’s got some fancy 3D effects in the interface, but [Apple's] OS X has been doing that for years now, and it’s still Windows underneath, right?
The sentiment seems to be that Vista is another Windows ME — an avoidable upgrade that isn’t really going to breathe new life into your computer.
Perhaps part of the problem is that people just don’t know what Vista has in store for them. Microsoft has gone big on the very high-level marketing with slogans like “Bringing Clarity to Your World” and has delivered detailed nitty-gritty explanations of the underpinnings to the enthusiast press, but it has done so in a slipshod fashion.
We’re here to pull it all together and tell you why we’re excited about Vista. Here’s a list of what’s new and improved in Microsoft’s next generation OS [operating system] and why you should care about it.