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1/29/2007
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Eric Ogren
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Major Vista Facts? Please!

There's an article floating around the Internet today called "Facts About Windows Vista." In it, you'll find 4 genuine pieces of information (which are not all that exciting, by the way) about the world's most expensive operating system, following by some inane statistics on how many dopes will use it. C'mon, Reuters. You call this news? The entirety of their article tells us this: new look, easier search, g

There's an article floating around the Internet today called "Facts About Windows Vista." In it, you'll find 4 genuine pieces of information (which are not all that exciting, by the way) about the world's most expensive operating system, following by some inane statistics on how many dopes will use it.

C'mon, Reuters. You call this news? The entirety of their article tells us this: new look, easier search, gadget sidebar, and better security. Oh, and a million this, and a million that for 2007, blah, blah, blah.Um. Thanks. Looks like you succeeded in reading the packaging. Good for you.

For real information on Vista, you're better off reading some real reviews like this one, or this one. Or better yet, get thee to a PC store tomorrow and give it a test drive yourself.

For enterprises looking to deploy Vista, the amount of information you need to arm yourself with is vast. Maybe Window's should have called it Vasta. What else describes something with 50 million lines of code? (Those poor coders' eyes. They must all be bloodshot and blind at this point.)

My favorite "fact" from the article states that only 15% of today's computers have the necessary hardware to upgrade to Vista. In other words, Microsoft (and PC manufacturers, to be sure) don't actually want you to upgrade. They'd all rather you just go out and buy a new computer and continue to line their pockets.

The truth is, they probably don't want to deal with all the support calls from dopes who can't read the fine print, get halfway through an install, and realize they don't have the right graphics cards, enough RAM or, heck, enough hard drive space left. (Vista requires 15 GB of hard drive space.)

Sounds like a killer business model to me.

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