IT mans PoV
by soilwork99 - 3/15/07 7:01 AM
In Reply to: From a developer's PoV by zachm90
I agree with what matthewofak said. That is the biggest problem to me, Windows users can't handle change, at least the majority of them. Looking at Vista, from my PoV, I see an OS that has a lot of promise, but it is just a baby right now. Even though the Beta has been out for some time and the official release has been out for almost a month and a half, that doesn't mean that everything will work perfectly, nor should it. When you consider that Microsoft has billions of dollars invested into this OS, you have to wonder if they could have possibly done a bit more to prepare it for release, such as helping some major vendors be completely ready for the release, yet, it is not Microsofts job to baby-sit every other company and make sure they are updating their software for the new OS. Ultimately, Microsoft probably won't be bothered by the slow start of Vista. Most users won't really notice the hardware problems. Take most of my family, when XP doesn't work right they automatically assume the program they are using is to blame. Very rarely does XP itself get any blame, and many times it is the OS itself causing the program to crash or error out. Most users will be wowed by Vistas new taskbar and fancy features (assuming they don't get crappy Home Basic, that is a stupid mistake Microsoft), and they will be happy with their Word Processing and ability to access their Hotmail or Gmail.
Now, in terms of big business, most places of business that decide to begin using Vista will have the time and money invested so that they can purchase the new systems and new software that are necessary to make the change work. Yes, there are still going to be issues, but IT professionals, such as myself, should have the resources and the time to invest in dealing with the issues that arise, if we are required to use the new OS. My personal choice would be to stick with XP for about a year before switching over to Vista. That will give most vendors the opportunity to adapt to the new coding and layout that Vista has imposed on us and should give everything a chance to sync together. Will Vista work out? Yes, most likely it will be fine, but until it is, people are going to have to make a decision: Deal with the bugs and missing drivers for now, or stick with XP for awhile yet.
PS - As far as buying a new computer, you can tell Best Buy that you don't want Vista and most Best Buy stores have computers with XP on them that they want to get rid of (still new computers but have XP on them). This is a good way to get a solid computer that someday can be upgraded to Vista but at a cheaper price with working XP on it.
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