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Microsoft Releases Windows Vista
The next incarnation of the Windows operating system hits retail today. Will it live up to the hype?
January 30, 2007 by Rachel Cericola

Windows Vista finally hit retail shelves today. The web is filled with stories on how the find the OS cheap, how to install it on a Mac, and even Engadget has a nice roundup of reviews.

Of course, multiple news organizations have already bashed Microsoft’s new operating system, saying that it’s not all that the hype has cracked it up to be. But does that really matter? The geeks came out to support it in full force… and isn’t that all that really matters?

If you’re currently using XP, you probably won’t be making a mad dash to upgrade. However, if you’re planning to buy a new PC, you might find Vista inside as a selling point. Love it or hate it, here are a few talking points, so you actually sound like you know what you are arguing about…

It’s got improved safety features. The operating system promises more secure web transactions, protection against malware and phishing, and control over the kids’ computer use.

It’s more entertaining. Instead of seeking out a Media Center PC, those features come standard with Vista, as well as Windows Media Player 11, Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Movie Maker, Windows Ultimate Extras, Games Explorer, and much more.

It’s easier to use. Since “it’s harder” has probably never been a good marketing sales pitch, Microsoft is promising monkey-level ease… or at least the roller-skating monkeys could probably handle it. Internet Search helps find documents, photos, emails, music, and more… personal tags can store, retrieve and organize your entire life… and even startup and shutting down should seem less tedious.

It plays well with others. Windows Vista promises to extend your PC addiction beyond the realm of your tiny office chair. Media can be streamed to the Xbox 360, or a TV or you can take it on the road via a Tablet PC.

I don’t want to sound like Microsoft’s head cheerleader (does that pay well??), but it’s about time the new has ousted the old OS. Vista is currently available in four editions: Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Basic and Windows Vista Starter.



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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at

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