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Vista SP1: Your Guess Is as Good as Theirs

Mary Jo Foley tries to slice and dice through the confusion of exactly when the first Vista service pack is going to appear, but even she is having trouble with her Microsoft Ginsu knife blade.

Incidentally, in the interest of balance, we've found a couple of fans of Vista. (See, we couldn't lay off the reader e-mails after all.) Paul writes:

"I believe Vista has a lot offer to offer to users of all levels. The pervasive search throughout is hands-down my favorite feature. It is very well integrated, fast and accurate. Sure, you can have this experience today with Windows XP through Windows Desktop Search or Google Desktop, but with Vista it is baked right in. A big thumbs-up to Microsoft on this point. Vista does offer a lot more usability improvements in the overall shell experience, too. I find that most people struggle with Vista simply because it appears to be different from the XP experience. If you look closely, however, the shell changes are more evolutionary than revolutionary.

"I would be interested to see your magazine and editorials highlight the positive changes and how they can impact users of all levels. It is clear that the sales numbers aren't matching expectations at present, but enough of the negativity, please -- let's start focusing on the positive and the 'road ahead.'"

But, Paul...the negativity's so much more fun! All kidding aside, we don't actually want Vista to fail. So, in the interest of focusing on the positive, we'll not run the negative Vista e-mails we got this week (even though they do outnumber the positive ones these days). In fact, here's another e-mail from a Vista fan, Eddy, who -- and this is the first time we've heard this -- doesn't like Office 2007:

"Every workstation on our network is running Vista. We have no problems or compatibility issues with it and love it. Now, Office 2007 is another matter. Whoever made the decision to remove the traditional navigation menus and switched to the new format should be shot on sight. Office 2007 has a huge learning curve that was not necessary."

Shot on sight. Eddy doesn't mess around when it comes to productivity suites.

Have anything to add on Vista or Office 2007? Add it at lpender@rcpmag.com.

Posted by Lee Pender on 07/20/2007 at 1:21 PM


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