So Windows Vista Launches Today

It’s January 30th, the launch date of the new version of Windows, Vista. For better or for worse, Windows is still the de-facto operating system for computers, and will most likely cover quite a bit of ground with Vista being installed on new PCs sold. If you’re wondering what it looks like, visit Engadgets exhaustive screenshot gallery, it pretty much covers all you need to see.

I’ve had access to Beta 2 and RC 1 at work, and so I’ve gotten my first impressions. Basically, it’s prettier, it’s more stable, it feels more secure. Most importantly, all the things that really suck about Windows XP, seems to suck much less. Another interesting thing is that the transparent “glass” effects aren’t quite as distractive as I had expected them to be.

I’m expecting Vista will be a very welcome change for the bulk of its userbase (which means a lot of people). That said, it’s most definitely not the best OS out there and as such, not “switcher-proof”.

10 thoughts on “So Windows Vista Launches Today”

  1. Gareth says:

    As long as it still has the most support for software, games and hardware it’s the best operating system for me.

  2. Joen says:

    As long as it still has the most support for software, games and hardware it?s the best operating system for me.

    Interestingly, I think this very support is both the strongest selling point for Vista, but also it’s weakest link!

    Look at Mac, whose dropped support for older systems, or at least relegated it to emulation. The community, while not as large as Windows’ userbase, seems to have supported it. Ridding of this legacy cruft, I think, is one of the best things that could happen to the next Windows. Meaning, I think it simply slows down the system.

  3. Gareth says:

    slow? I never feel like XP is slow and my pc is 2 1/2 years old, I am sure it will run vista just as well. why are people worried about using the full potential of the pc’s anyway?

    Before vista came out mac osx was much more bloated than windows, think of all the crap they give you with the operating system, ever run xp on a mac?, feels alot faster than osx.

    I was not just referring to old, legacy software more the sheer amount of software/hardware available for the windows platform, due its market share. When i am looking for things for my mac i am always frustrated by the lack of choice.

  4. Joen says:

    slow? I never feel like xp is slow and my pc is 2 1/2 years old, I am sure it will run vista just as well. why are people worried about using the full potential of the pc?s anyway?

    That’s not really what I said. Personally I prefer Windows over OSX.

    I’m just saying I think it could be faster if it wasn’t trying to be so compatible as to support Windows 3.1 apps. I think they could easily drop support for applications as old as Windows ME.

    Before vista came out mac osx was much more bloated than windows, think of all the crap they give you with the operating system, ever run xp on a mac?, feels alot faster than osx.

    When I talk bloat, I’m not talking the bundled apps (but I agree that’s bloated too), I’m talking the actual code that makes it possible for Windows to support way obsolete applications.

    I was not just referring to old, legacy software more the sheer amount of software/hardware available for the windows platform, due its market share. When i am looking for things for my mac i am always frustrated by the lack of choice.

    I agree.

  5. Gareth says:

    sorry, I don’t seem to able to edit my comment to fix the typo’s.

  6. Joen says:

    sorry, I don?t seem to able to edit my comment to fix the typo?s.

    I think it’s due to an overly agressive “WP Cache” plugin I’m using, which doesn’t seem to clear the cache when a comment is posted. I’ll look into it.

  7. Joen says:

    I did some changes now. Comments SHOULD show up right away, and edits should make sense.

    Edit: test passed.

  8. Daniel P says:

    Yeah, I had it on my laptop for a while after the November release.. For the absolute most part, I think it’s better than XP. There were just a few areas where it felt like the different teams weren’t exactly communicating. (IE7/Office/Windows, they all have their own unique little UI’s)

    I think the glass effect is fine, if set to pretty opaque, with a better color. The whole light-blue super transparent thing made it pretty difficult to keep a few windows apart. It wasn’t as bad as I’d expected though.

    The main hope for me is that alot of Win2k users will switch (as unlikely as it seems) since they can’t upgrade to IE7.. I’m always a big fan of compacting the users of different web browsers.. Having to keep VM’s running just to try different IE versions is a real pain. 🙂

    Good OS though, hopefully as soon as I get my new box / my laptop back, i’ll have it installed more permanently.

  9. Casey says:

    I’ve had Vista installed for a few weeks now on my work laptop. It’s Vista Ultimate, but my laptop is pretty bare bones, so I don’t get any of the cool Aero Glass UI. It’s not too shabby, though…

  10. Hoshi says:

    Well I will probably prefer Vista over Mac OS X since Macs are still way overpriced in comparison to standard pc shipped with Windows. Sometimes it’s just a matter of money.

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