As the latest version of Windows called Vista will be out on the stores later this year. Michael Desmond wrties about Ten Reasons to Buy Windows Vista
1. Security, security, security: Windows XP Service Pack 2 patched a lot of holes, but Vista takes security to the next level.
2. Internet Explorer 7: IE gets a much-needed, Firefox-inspired makeover, complete with tabbed pages and better privacy management.
3. Righteous eye candy: For the first time, Microsoft is building high-end graphics effects into Windows.
4. Desktop search: Microsoft has been getting its lunch handed to it by Google and Yahoo on the desktop, but Vista could change all that.
5. Better updates: Vista does away with using Internet Explorer to access Windows Update, instead utilizing a new application to handle the chore of keeping your system patched and up-to-date.
6. More media: Over the years, one of the key reasons to upgrade versions of Windows has been the free stuff Gates and Company toss into the new OS, and Vista is no exception.
7. Parental controls: Families, schools, and libraries will appreciate the tuned-up parental controls, which let you limit access in a variety of ways.
8. Better backups: Windows Vista boasts a much-improved backup program that should help users avoid wholesale digital meltdowns.
9. Peer-to-peer collaboration: The Windows Collaboration module uses peer-to-peer technology to let Vista users work together in a shared workspace.
10. Quick setup: Beta code alert: There are some Vista features I hope dearly for even though they haven’t been built yet.
There are things that might give you a pause before plunging into Vista i.e cost, anti-virus, hardware spec and learning curve.