To V or not to V, that is the qVestion

I’m sold, period, flat out, no questions asked, no looking back, every machine around me that will run it, is running Vista. 


Most of my machines are Tablet PCs and the improvements in the user interface for a Tablet PC user make it well worth the time it takes to adapt to Vista. See: Tablet PC Features in Vista

I had quite a debate with someone who kept trying to shoehorn Vista into a box called ‘trivial eye-candy user-interface upgrades’. And that’s okay, because to him Vista means a change that will trigger replacing a couple hundred machines that he’s been tasked with maintaining since 2001. No wonder he’s resisting the change.

Every time I

  • Click and KNOW that the machine ‘got it’,

  • Make multiple selections with check boxes, 

  • See the Tablet Input Panel recognize a letter and offer to let autocomplete take over

  • Realize that handwriting recognition has learned something as bizarre as an email address (after  one correction)

  • Marvel at how well the speech recognition works 

  • Use Search from the Start Button

  • Use Search in a Windows Explorer window

I am glad I switched to Vista.

There are a few things that I found troublesome at first (like turning on file extensions so that I could more easily distinguish between five files with the same name), but the more I use Vista, the more I am convinced that it was better to switch than wait. 

When I started installing betas and release candidates on older machines (going back some 18 months ago I guess) I was pleasantly surprised at how well things worked.  I still am.

I have a Thinkpad A31p (circa 2002) that is as functional running Vista and Office 2007 as it ever was running Windows XP and Office 2000. I only mention this because that machine (that this month is probably five years old), did not require any upgrades (ok – I already had a gig of RAM in it).  And as far as I can tell, I have not had to sacrifice anything for having made the change. I just mention this because at least for this venerable beast, Vista did not put it in it’s grave, but renewed it’s usefulness. When I gave this to a relative I had to transfer programs and data from an older machine. Using the new Vista utility to do this, the job was done in about an hour.

The interesting test was to watch as someone who ‘just wants to use the computer to get things done’ took to Vista very quickly. No support calls for me – thank goodness.

I think about the hesitation with which I have passed computers to older relatives. I know that I will have considerably less concern now as the next generation to move on will be loaded with Vista.

I made the switch and am delighted.

How about you?

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