So I jumped in and upgraded to Vista (latest version of Windows), and Office 2007 just before Christmas. As with any Microsoft software upgrade, now I have to upgrade my hardware. I have an 8 month old laptop (LG T1 Express), and I need to throw 2 GB of RAM into it so that Windows can run properly (the system came with 1 GB).
Here are a few things that I found interesting and some features that I like...
With a default install of Windows Vista Premium, and Office 2007, my RAM use was steady at around 750 MB. That is HUGE! Hence the need for an upgrade...
Windows Vista is very multimedia oriented. Thus, it requires a really good video card. I think the bigger the better. Minimum specs don't say it, but I would recommend 256 MB video if you can get it.
Here are a few features that I like:
Great new ALT-TAB feature - if you are used to navigating around your open programs with the alt tab shortcut, you will like this...when you press alt-tab, you see a screen shot of each open program. The same goes for when you "mouse-over" your open programs on your task bar.
Although it demands a good graphics card, I love the "look and feel" of Vista. The first time I saw it, I thought "man, that looks like a mac!", and it's true. Ah Microsoft...always playing catch up...
LOVE the new search feature. Finding files is way faster in Vista. However, the drawback is that it needs to "index" your files, so the indexing service "pins" the hard drive/ CPU when it is running. (very annoying when you are reading your e-mail etc...)
Anyway, all in all I am happy with the upgrade, but I wouldn't recommend it for anyone with a system older than 1.5-2 years old.
This got a little long...I will save my "Office 2007" post for a little later.
Has anyone else made the jump to Vista? What do you like / not like about Vista?