Windows Vista just a 3D version of Windows XP

No it is not!

But unfortunately this is the impression that a lot of people have. I understand where this impression is coming from, so let me explain. Many people have seen Vista demos. Unfortunately many of the demos focus completely on the new 3D user interface (Also known as Glass, or Aero). And often even when the demos show other features, all that is reported on in blogs and articles is the new 3D interface. But Vista is a lot more than just a new interface. In fact, a lot of existing video hardware will not even support the new 3D interface. Yet these machines will still benefit from upgrading to Vista.

So what does Vista offer then? Well you need to take a look to see what interests you. Some of my favorite features are the External Memory Devices, Hybrid Hard Drives, RSS Everywhere, Family safety settings, User account control, USB device control, Windows shared view, and presentation settings. But these are just a few, there are dozens of new features in Vista. 

Comments (7)

  1. wahahah says:

    Why should I buy Vista?

  2. MOO says:

    Well MSFT is so great they make it difficult for their own employees to purchase MS merchendise (they physically have to go the redmond store – im in europe), so I bought a GOOGLE cap πŸ™‚  sod em πŸ™‚ If they want it that way πŸ™‚

  3. G.T. says:

    There are tons of improvements, and the bigger one is the new UI, but it ended up as an application that is based on DirectX 9, not Avalon.

    Many of the other features can be also done by the hardware drivers, but it is still nice that Microsoft is providing them too.

    I don’t know what to say, there are tons of improvements in Vista, but many of them are also there today in Windows XP and third party tools, but I prefer to install Vista anyway.

    What is annoying in Vista is some of the optimization features, like the hard drive defrag, defragging the hard drive will improve the speed, but just a little little bit, what is really needed it to replace the old and supper slow NTFS, the one behind the real slowlens of the file system, but that may never happen, since the new WinFS is based on NTFS, and if the first one is already slow, god help us with the second one.

    Deleting a million records from an SQL Server database with the log enabled takes no time, truncating the table takes 0 time, with NTFS, deleting a million files, will take just for ever, will, 5 or 6 days.

    So why having the defrag tool, when what is slow the code it self πŸ™‚

  4. MSDN Archive says:

    Why should you buy Vista? Well it depends what is important to you. Vista is most attractive to users (which includes developers) and admins. Personally my favorite features are External memory devices, parental controls, hybrid hard drives, presentation settings, and so forth. Take a look at:

  5. MSDN Archive says:

    I agree it can be confusing. But if you are in MS Europe, there is a *separate* employee store. I order stuff all the time and have it shipped to Turkey. My son benefits as he has all kinds of Microsoft games at extreme employee discount. πŸ™‚

  6. MSDN Archive says:

    NTFS definitely needs an "upgrade" or replacement. I think that WinFS will eventually lead to that, but that like most technologies a compatible version must appear first.

  7. banhinc says:

    The biggest benefits for moving to Vista are better security, data protection and management.  

    – With Service Hardening, Windows services are locked down from doing abnormal activities in the file system, registry, network, or other resources.  

    – With BitLocker, full disk volume can be encrypted to provide assurance that sensitive data are protected from offline attacks.  

    – With Vista new Disk Imaging, the entire system can be clones independent of the hardware.  This can be used for easy backup or deployment.

    The only draw backup is that Vista requires very fast CPU, graphic card and a lot of RAM.  Otherwise you will not be very happy with the speed compare to Windows XP.

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