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”.