For the last couple weeks, I’ve been taking our company’s laptop home with me so that I could work on an upcoming presentation. The loaner laptop that I’ve been working on happens to have the new Windows Vista Business edition installed on it. I normally work with XP machines both at work and at home but I guess our IT department has chosen to test the new operating system on a few of our loaners. So far, I’ve been pretty impressed with the performance of Vista especially after hearing so much grumbling about the new microsoft product this past year on the net as well as in the media. My guess is that if a computer system is underpowered there might be issues but as long as you have a well configured machine with plenty of memory, things should run smoothly. I have to say that the new Aero interface is pretty slick with the translucent glass effects and the neat little gadgets that can be placed anywhere on the desktop. The new integrated search feature is also a nice addition to the desktop. Oh and remember those awful blue screens of death that would often torture us on old windows 98 and NT systems? I remember freaking out whenever I’d lose important data with those old systems. Well, Vista has virtually eliminated those types of hard crashes and I, for one, am thankful for that especially when crunching massive amounts of analytical data every day. But with that being said, you know with any type of high tech system, problems can still occur. and that’s what Microsoft’s Windows Vista customer service team is there for, ready to offer up solutions to any issues that one may encounter with just a click of a mouse. So, I’m not sure what all the fuss was about. There’s a lot to like about the new operating system. and I’m looking forward to my very own Vista system when I upgrade my own home PC later in the year.