Benefits & Reasons WhyWindows Vista is not, in Microsoft's eyes, just another operating system option. Microsoft will do everything it can to move everyone to Vista sooner rather than later.
Don't believe me?
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Microsoft will roll out a service pack 3 for XP at some point, but only because corporate America demands it. But XP will suffer the same fate as Windows 2000 Professional - limited support (as in no automatic Daylight Savings Time fix), and the stack upon stack of security updates will take a toll on performance.
Note: I have no hard data on this, except that computers that are running the exact same software as they were 6 years ago are no longer at performance standards that they were even 3 years ago. Load W2K Pro, do some tests, then apply all the updates and test again; see for yourself.
Windows Vista is actually pretty cool (Aero interface)
The Aero interface (1MB RAM required) is what gives Vista that cool look and feel. There are other benefits of Vista, but let's face it, cool graphics are everything. If it weren't, we'd still be using ULTRA SUPER FAST and EXTREMELY SECURE MS-DOS operating systems! (That's text only, no graphics, in case you are too young to remember DOS.)
You are going to want Vista, eventually if not right away. One year from now a Vista equipped multimedia PC is likely to be deemed an entitlement by the new Democratic Congress and all Presidential hopefuls. The software and website experience that you will want to take advantage of will soon be requiring it.
Microsoft will continue to offer security updates for Windows XP for some time. But not longer than they have to.
Vista has a number of improvements in its core functionality that not only make it more secure, but allow other developers to enhance your ability to use it as a secure platform. As time marches on, this will become more and more important.
At some point, XP just won't be able to compete from a security standpoint I'm afraid.
It will help you maintain your technology skills
Whether you work for someone else or are self-employed, you don't want to fall behind in your technology skillset. Even if all of your friends and neighbors are less savvy than you, chances are there is a whole country somewhere else in the world where people are trying furiously to take your job from you. Don't give them any help.
The internet is fast becoming a multimedia experience on almost every page; you don't want to fall too far behind.
Here's how you can get up to speed on Windows Vista the quickest
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