The tech media has been a-buzz over the past few days about the long awaited completion of Microsoft Vista. Vista is the latest in the long line of computer operating systems from Microsoft. Unfortunately, the timing of this release doesn’t favor a lot of holiday sales for Microsoft Vista – its availability date is January 30, 2007.
Microsoft has attempted to counter this disadvantage by issuing Vista upgrade coupons with computers purchased before the actual availability date. Furthermore, such computers – that are supposedly equipped with enough resources to run Vista – will be labeled “Vista Capable”.
Should you run right out and get a “Vista Capable” computer for your home-based business?. I would give a resounding NO! For one thing, the label “Vista Capable” is somewhat dubious. As this article points out, there are 6 flavors of Vista – each likely requiring a different level of resources. This begs the question: if it’s Vista Capable, which version is it capable for?
Secondly, who wants to be first in line for a brand new PC operating system (OS)? Not me and probably not you, unless you’re one of those hardcore techies who loves to test and tweak new things. An OS upgrade is disruptive no matter how smooth the software manufacturer has made the process. And in spite of the software vendor’s best efforts to test out all the bugs, there will likely be problems with the OS that won’t be discovered until it’s put to market.
So unless you are absolutely in need of a new computer for your home based business, wait a year until Vista has had a chance to settle in. According to the Forrester article (link below), it took 4 years for Windows XP to reach a majority status among Windows users. When we’re talking something about as important as your business computer, save the OS upgrade until later or until you do need a new computer (after Jan 30).
Other interesting reads on Vista: