Our previous post explained what Vista is and how people are responding to the program. Now it’s time to look directly at the features that make, and break, Microsoft’s newest OS.
Just what is so great about Vista? Well, there are a few things that really separate it from Microsoft’s previous operating system, Windows XP:
- Aero Interface:
- Window Transparency, Flip 3d and Visual Effects
- Included Programs/Features:
- CD & DVD Burning
- Basic Picture Editing & Slide Show Tools
- Enhanced Movie Editing
- Windows Contacts –address book revamped
- Windows Mail – outlook express revamped
- DirectX 10 Support
- Games Explorer
- Improved Back-Up Option
- Uses Zip files for backup and recovery
- Easier for new computer users
- Can repair, fix and update itself better
- Installs relatively fast
Well then, what’s so bad about Vista compared to XP? Again there are a few different things that separate it from its older computing cousin:
- System requirements are much, MUCH higher
- Did I mention that they are MUCH higher?
- Requires new drivers for hardware: printers, scanners, video cards, etc.
- If no Vista drivers, then you have to buy something Vista compatible
- Performance is sluggish overall compared to XP
- Does not network well with older versions of Windows
- Does not support some Microsoft created technologies (Zune Player)
- Does not support some older programs that previously worked in XP
- Has issues with some new programs: Incredimail, Roxio CD Creator, etc.
Am I missing anything here from either side? Go ahead and let me know with a comment while I finish up the final installment in, Windows Vista Part III: Upgrade, Install or Ignore.
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Did I mention the tabs? Did you? Love those tabs.
So far I hate vista, but I have hated everything since windows 98se.