Review: Windows Vista as an OS choice?
Let me prevent the flame wars about Vista being only a BETA and no one knows the cost yet. I'm a Microsoft Certified Partner and have had access to the various builds of Vista. It has come a long way. Today was a TS2 even in my area to preview the upcoming Vista, some of its features, as well as the new Office 2007.
Vista Home (three versions) and Vista Enterprise Premium (business and home together) all have Windows Media Center built in and the features blow the current MCE out of the water.
What could be better? How about Voice Recognition built in to the OS? The demos they had at the event were supurb, I can't begin to describe the things that this OS will bring to us.
How about power consumption? Vista will use less power than Windows XP. I know, you're asking how an OS could use power but it does. See, most of the new features of the of OS use a new technology designed for low I/O disk processing to not only speed applications up by scaling disk reading/writing but less drive usage is less power.
The default "Shutdown" mode of Vista is hibernation, dumping the entire contents of your session to the hard drive in about 1-2 seconds, and resuming from hibernation in about 10 - 15 seconds.
I wont even get in to the UI side of Vista because you can preview most of that on the web but they have a cool task manager as well as a 3D Task Manager. I'll see if I can find some screen shots or maybe take some for you.
There is a down side to the OS. It requires at least a 64MB video card and a decent processor but my carPC is a Turion 64 Micro ATX setup so I'm ready for it.
Some of you will like the new Vista and others won't but until you see it for yourself you'll never beleive how drastic an improvment it is.
Just a side note about the new Vista on single DVD holds ALL of the versions of the OSs and your product key unlocks the features of the other versions. So if you started off with Home Basic you just enter the key for Enterprise Premium and bam, you get all the features without upgrading/reinstalling.