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10 Reasons To Buy Vista

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Michael Desmond at PC World gives his list of reasons to buy Windows Vista. While you should read the article to get actual details, here’s the short list:

  • Security, including User Account Protection
  • IE7, with Protected Mode exclusive to Vista
  • Eye candy
  • Desktop search (searches local and intranets, and doesn’t kill performance like current solutions)
  • Better Windows Update, including that it doesn’t use the web browser anymore
  • Media applications, like Media Player 11, Photo Gallery and DVD Maker
  • Parental controls
  • Better backup software
  • Windows Collaboration for P2P shared workspaces
  • Quick (15 minutes) install

As a bonus, five reasons to think twice:

  • Price – is any of this worth $100 or more to you?
  • No antivirus (OneCare costs extra)
  • Vista needs powerful hardware
  • Learning curve
  • Some old stuff hasn’t been changed much

My response to the caveats: The security in Vista is worth the price alone; Vista is more secure than XP, and if you haven’t been paying for AntiVirus you are a fool; Vista actually runs faster on a lot of system (although some features, like Aero, will tax the system and are optional); if you can’t handle the learning curve, go live in a nursing home; the examples listed are better in Vista, and practically no one complains that Notepad hasn’t changed in over a decade, do they?

Some of my additional reasons for buying Vista:

  • Media Center in Vista is looking better and better
  • CableCard support
  • Windows SideShow is going to make laptop users VERY happy
  • Instant start-up, assuming it works and starts shipping on new PCs immediately
  • Windows Calendar
  • Games Explorer
  • Mobility Center

Sure, any one feature might not be enough for you, but in aggregate, can you find $90-150 of value in there? I can.

Nathan Weinberg writes the popular InsideGoogle blog, offering the latest news and insights about Google and search engines.

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