Mike Elgan of Computerworld gives you six reasons to not buy Vista: Wait! Don't Buy Microsoft Windows Vista.
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His six reasons for not buying Vista are as follows:
#1. Vista Is Incomplete -- it doesn't include all drivers needed for your computer.
#2. Vista Is Expensive -- at US$399; higher elsewhere.
#3. Vista Wants a New PC -- your current computer's hardware is insufficient.
#4. Vista Is Time-Consuming -- in installing and upgrading software and hardware.
#5. Windows XP Isn't Obsolete -- Vista doesn't solve any existing problems. For example, to run Autodesk software on Vista, you need to download patches not needed for XP.
#6. Vista May be the Best Reason Yet to Buy a Mac -- if you're going through the hassle of changing operating systems anyhow, consider the PC-based, Windows-compatible computers from Apple.
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Reason #7 comes from Toronto Star's Law Bytes columnist, Michael Geist, who writes that Vista's legal fine print raises red flags: The net effect of these concerns may constitute the real Vista revolution as they point to an unprecedented loss of consumer control over their own personal computers. The agreement ... [leaves] it to Microsoft to determine what constitutes unwanted software.
Reason #8 comes from Beth Snyder Bulik of AdAge, who reports on the comments of analyst Roger Kay of Endpoint Technology Associates: There won't be a PC sold anywhere in the world that doesn't have Vista within six months. Clearly, the convicted monopolist continues to strive for worldwide domination, and has told analysts that's what it wants -- or else Mr Kay is unaware of the larger computing landscape.
Reason #9 comes from Colin Barker of CNET News.com: Microsoft to audit your company's software licenses. You are no longer innocent -- companies that refuse risk having their details being handed to the Business Software Alliance, which will execute follow-up interviews that could result in fines and other penalties. Even if you have paid for all the licenses you are using, Microsoft could determine your firm should have more licences, and force you to pay more to the convicted monopolist.
Reason #10 comes from Mary Jo Foley of All about Microsoft. She asks a simple question: Where are the killer apps?