A Vista of Opportunity

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

As some of you may have noticed, the Windows Vista countdown to the left of the screen is no longer counting down! Yes! Vista has launched, after all these long years!

For the faint of heart, I say “fear not!” It has many innovations that even Apple lovers only dream of having, such as ReadyBoost. From Microsoft’s Vista site:

Windows ReadyBoost introduces a new concept in add-on system memory. You can use nonvolatile flash memory devices, such as universal serial bus (USB) flash drives, to improve performance without having to add memory “under the hood.” The flash memory device serves as an additional memory cache–that is, memory that the computer can access much more quickly than it can access data on the hard disk drive.

This is just one of many cool features, ranging from a vastly improved user interface to lightning-fast searching.

I am getting mine (hopefully – Microsoft had better make good their promise) very soon, after which I will start a section on this blog devoted to just exploring Vista.

Finally, if you are considering buying it, and you don’t think you’ll be moving it around from computer to computer, let me recommend getting the OEM version of Vista, which, while being slightly less flexible in terms of licensing, is also about half the cost.

So, here’s to a New Vista for the computing world. To Redmond, and beyond!

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