Mark is asking When Will You Upgrade to Vista? To answer your question Mark, not any time soon. Microsoft hasn’t exactly completely lost me as a customer but neither have they done anything at all that makes me want to upgrade. I will elaborate but first here is what Mark has to say
Is there enough in Vista to convince you to jump early on the bandwagon? Having used Vista, I think it’s just fine. The look and feel are slicker, the security features are better (albeit somewhat annoying) and multi-media features are impressive. Despite all that, Vista is an upgrade rather than a new release, and like any upgrade, you really need to ask yourself if it’s worth the hassle and aggravation to move from something that works to something that apparently works better or differently.
Based on conversations with people within the tech community, I’ve come across one person who has upgraded to XP (and it hasn’t been the most pleasant of experiences). Meanwhile, I’ve heard of several people making the move to Mac. Is there a trend here? Probably not but the Mac’s stability and hassle-free OS may be starting to win over more people who wouldn’t have even considered moving to the Mac side. There also appears to be growing interest in Linux (a few folks at a party on the weekend were talking about Ubuntu)
First of all, Mark! Talking about Linux … at a party? Shame on you, heh.
My thoughts are closer to the people in the tech community Mark has been speaking to. I upgraded from Windows XP to a Mac laptop, a dual-boot XP and Ubuntu laptop (which still doesn’t work wirelessly under Ubuntu, curses!) and a Centos Linux based LAMP development server. Out of these machines it is the Mac I like best.
My Windows desktop dev machine is staying XP for now but since I get Microsoft software for free while I still have my MVP MSDN subscription (the award expired but my subscription has yet to) I might just give Vista a try at some point. I have real doubts it is powerful enough to run Vista, and I have even more doubts I will gain anything from it. In fact my guess is I will spend fruitless and expensive hours swearing at it and go back to XP.
There has been nothing at all I have read that makes me want to upgrade. Many people are saying the Vista experience is slower and more frustrating than XP. I don’t play games, XP works, it is all set up how I like it. I’m productive and do not have any serious security worries.
Microsoft, anybody, give me one good reason why I should upgrade …