Microsoft Corporation Informative - My Vista Experience
I was perfectly happy with my XP laptop. But at five years and beyond, it was slowing me down. I decided to upgrade to a new laptop a few months ago, and bought a Vaio laptop with a Vista OS on it.
I am not a tech junkey, but as an engineer and having used MS products from the days of MS DOS, I am quite familiar with the Windows OS. I also work in a network environement that uses Mac servers, and I do use Mac OS quite often. I cannot comment on every technical aspects of Vista, but as an end user utilizing a small number of available functions, I can tell you what Vista doesn't do for me.
1. My XP Home had no problem networking with the Mac network at my office. Vista Premium makes it very difficult to network into a Mac environment. Most "fixes" available by googling recommend upgrading. Why pay extra $100 just to network? It actually took tweaking a registry to get my Vista networking without an upgrade.
2. What about the tens of thousands of pre-2003 pocket PC's? Vista does not allow my pocket PC to synchronize with Outlook 2007. With my XP, synchronizing the two devices was seamless. One of the reasons that I bought a PC (even though I had access to a new Apple computer in the office) was because I could not synchronize my iPaq with Entougage (another MS product) without going through some intermediate steps. I could understand a MS product not connecting with Mac. But Vista not recognizing MS Windows CE?!????!!! I am definitely not buying another Windows mobile device. My next PDA is going to be using Palm OS.
3. I see no discernable advantage (visual or otherwise) of using Vista. It actually feels slower than my XP machine, especially when it's starting up. I do not find the graphical interface any better (if you want good graphical interface, get a Mac). If I ran an XP on my current Intel Core Duo machine instead of Vista, I could imagine it being incredibly fast.
So for the XP to Vista upgrade (including a faster hardware), I lost out on ease of networking, and connectivity with my PDA, but did not gain any speed or graphical/user interface advantage. Yes, about the Sidebar...I have no use for it and have it turned off because it just clutters up my desktop. If Sony or MS were to offer an XP OS as a replacement, I would gladly take it.
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