Microsoft has been dismayed by the lack of Vista sales. In fact, XP continues to outsell Vista which is a sure sign that no one really feels that they need Vista. When I speak with clients, no one has yet to provide a solid reason why they need Vista. Certainly, better desktop animations is not a compelling reason to buy an OS. Conventional wisdom for years has been “don’t buy ANYTHING Microsoft calls version x.0”. The only entity in the world to recommend immediate rollout of Vista was analyst firm Gartner who advised companies planning to deploy Vista not to wait for the release of SP1 (I would love to know how much Microsoft paid to commission that study).
Vista SP1 is about to be available. This could be the right time to install a Vista machine (properly patched) at your business if only to become more familiar with the new OS and how it works.
I’ll give you a clue – nothing runs on Vista unless specifically designed to do so. Microsoft can talk all they want about backwards compatibility, but I haven’t seen it. The only apps that I could get to run on my Vista workstation are Office 2007. Nothing else that I use works on the new OS, even when I try to load current versions. Apparently there is the “current version” and the “Vista version”. You will have to buy all new software (and hardware) to run Vista. Or you could do what I do, which brings me to the second app that runs under Vista, run VMWare Workstation. I loaded XP as a virtual machine and now I can run my applications.
SP1 includes more than 300
fixes enhancements, including security patches for Internet Explorer, Outlook, Outlook Express and Windows Media player, as well as a number of data-protection features. The full list of fixes is available on Microsoft’s TechNet site.
Microsoft revealed that Vista SP1 will be available in mid-March via Windows Update as well as the download center on Microsoft.com.
PC Magazine evaluated Vista SP1 and found that it increases compatibility and doesn’t do all that much more. There may be some speed increases. It sounds to me like most of the enhancements take place behind the scenes.
At some point you may have to bite the bullet and run Vista. With SP1 about to come out, the time may be right.