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Varying Vista Views

Varying Vista Views

As you already know from reading above, the new Windows operating system named Vista will be released at the end of this month. (It’s actually January 30th and as if you didn’t already know, I thought I would tell you again!) Of course, as with anything else, with its launch, Vista has been surrounded with criticism and the usual “potential problems.”

With some computer developers being able to test the operating system before its release, some varying views have been floating around. Some computer companies (such as Dell, HP, etc.) have recorded some flaws found in Vista, but that shouldn’t turn you away just yet. With every new program that comes out, it’s obviously going to take some time for all the flaws to be ironed out. That’s just common sense and it’s completely normal. So, even if you happen to run across some of these “bad” reviews online, you shouldn’t take it all to heart.

The next thing that has some people talking is exactly how long it will take for Vista to surpass the Windows XP version. There are varying opinions on this, because some people seem to think it will take off right away with every business and home investing in the new operating system from the get go. On the other hand, some think it will take at least a few years for the trend to catch on.

For businesses, it usually takes a little over a year just to plan for a new operating system. They have to prep each computer they have and also teach their employees how to use it. Right now, the statistics show that at least 15 percent of the businesses that use computers will be using Vista by the end of 2008. Even more than that, it’s predicted that Vista will not surpass XP in businesses until at least 2010. That’s four years away!

Next in line is how consumers (like you) will take to Vista. Believe it or not, but it’s said that consumers will take a liking to Vista even quicker than businesses will. I’m telling you now that you might want to wait a little while though. There really aren’t that many compelling reasons to make the switch so fast. Before you go and do anything drastic, you can try out some of the Vista programs through free downloads. Also, as I said before, it would be smarter to wait a few months before putting the full version of Vista on your computer, because by then, the flaws should be all fixed and taken care of. That way, you won’t run into as many problems.

Although you may be eager to try out all the new features, check out the new security options, etc., be patient and learn as much as you can about Vista first. The more knowledge you have about it, the better the transition will go for you. Along with that, you may not know it, but there are different versions of Vista coming out. You should take the time to choose the one that will be the best for you and your computer. Here’s the rundown.

There is the Home Basic version, which is available for approximately $119, with the full version ringing in at $229. The basic version doesn’t come with the new user interface (called Aero), so you might want to keep that mind as well. All in all, it is the most affordable version. Then there is the Vista Home Premium, which is the most equivalent to the XP Home Edition. It is available for $199 and $299 and does come with the Aero interface. Last is the Ultimate version. It runs around $329 and $499. It is different than the others, because it comes with the complete Vista functionality. It comes with Aero, hard drive encryption and much more.

Now, of course, if you’re going to be purchasing a new computer after the end of the month, it will come with Vista, so you won’t have anything to worry about, but for the rest of us, there are so many things you should consider when upgrading to Windows Vista. I can’t really go over all of them in this newsletter. I would be typing all day long if I even tried. But, I’m hoping that you are now a little more informed about the new operating system and you can go and prepare yourself before you make any big changes, in terms of your computer.

Of course, there are always going to be varying views when it comes to Vista, but unless you’re 100 percent certain it’s what you want to do, don’t jump into the upgrade. Find out what all you need to do so your computer is ready for Vista and once you’re positive your system is ready for it, then make the switch. We’re going to be gradually making the change here in the office as well, so hopefully we’ll be able to help you with any questions you have in the near future, but until then, please take this tip into consideration. You’ll be more happy with your decision once you do.

I know you’re probably all Vistaed out now, but I hope all of the information in today’s newsletter is helpful to you somewhere along the line!

~ Erin