It’s 30th January 2007, and as scheduled, Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Office System 2007 has been released for sale in 70 countries. ActiveWin has comprehensive 72-pages, 200+ screen shots review of Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate if you want to know and ins and outs of this new operating system that hundreds of millions of people (maybe including you :)) will be using for the next couple of years. There have been midnight sales in many shops around the world, and many people have been getting a new machine with Windows Vista pre-installed.
Depending on your needs, there are many editions available to you, but many of us home users will be interested only in either Windows Vista Home Premium or all-in-one expensive Windows Vista Ultimate (I’m using this one). You will not likely to get Windows Vista Business, nor can you get Windows Vista Enterprise, and unless you bought your machine back in 2002, you would like to forget about Windows Vista Home Basic as well. I would recommend Windows Vista Home Premium for many of us, it has things more than enough for home users, and get Windows Vista Ultimate if you have enough cash to splash out. 🙂 CNET has the comparison on four Windows Vista editions, and it’s a useful resource to see which edition suits you best 🙂
I have been using Windows Vista since its release to businesses back in November 2006, and I’m happy to say that I would not like to go back to Windows XP ever 🙂 All hardware and software, including games, that I installed have been working perfectly fine in Vista. Just a quick peep into my Programs and Features control panel, I see Adobe Reader 8, BlogJet, Flickr Uploadr, Google Earth, IE7pro, Java Runtime 6, K-Lite Mega Codec Pack, Messenger Plus Live, Microsoft Office 2007, Firefox 2, Picasa 2, Trillian, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Mobile Device Center, Winzip, and Yahoo Messenger. hooahhh… that’s a mouthful.
In Windows Vista, there’s a new tool called Reliability and Performance Monitor where you can monitor how your Windows Vista performs over time, with software installs, uninstalled, drivers update, application and system crashes, so on and so on. Like school time, clean machine started with a score index of 10. Everytime something nasty happens to your machine, the index drops. If you use your machine for one full day without any crashes, etc, the index gains slightly. After so many months of using Windows Vista, my index has been going through its ups and downs, like stock market :p to finally reach the current index of 8.43, quite a decent score 🙂 From the looks of it, it has been a peaceful one week for me without any crashes. Wished my investments can also perform like that hahaha… :p All-in-all, highly recommended!!!