PC World gets a lot of advertising money from Microsoft, so naturally they're pretty excited about the next cash cow: Vista upgrades, plus all the advertising from hardware and software upgrades that Vista will force on you.Here is Michael Desmond's list of Ten Reasons to Buy Windows Vista and my commentary:
1. Bidirectional software firewall -- already have that through the free ZoneAlarm.
2. Internet Explorer 7 -- Opera 8.x is much better at the same price (free)
3. Righteous eye candy -- I always turn off all effects, such as cursor drop shadow. The only effect I use is font smoothing. I don't want more effects I have to turn off.
4. Desktop search -- call me when desktop search reads PageMaker documents.
5. Better updates -- whatever. The current system works for me.
6. More media -- prefer products like CDex. Quintessence, and AR Wizard. And most skins are ugly.
7. Parental controls -- the correct method is to teach your children how to handle the Internet; after all, one day they turn 19.
8. Better backups -- don't expect a good product from Microsoft, because they can't compete free against third-party vendors.
9. Peer-to-peer collaboration -- tried Groove, don't use it.
10. Quick setup -- happens only once (or not at all on new machines).
Plus he has five things he doesn't like:
1. Pay that piper -- you have to pay for the Vista upgrade, plus a lot more for hardware (and maybe software) upgrades.
2. Where's my antivirus? -- it was in MS-DOS v6. Why not now?
3. Watch that hourglass -- Vista is a power hog.
4. Curse the learning curve -- it took him 5 minutes to find the Run command.
5. Meet the old boss, same as the new boss -- some features are just warmed-over fare, he reports.
He leaves out the worst new feature: DRM, where Microsoft assumes you are already guilty of copying, never mind if it's legal.