I've spoken with a number of partners I know in the UK this week about Vista deployments within their own organization and with customers. A few months back the barrier for Vista was drivers for hardware and whilst that hasn't totally disappeared, the situation is way way better than I expected. Sony who are sometimes a little tardy shall we say in putting drivers out has a full set for my Vaio SZ3 and I see Toshiba has a similar listing on their site.
The conversation seems to have shifted to application compatibility hence the release recently of a truck load of deployment tools is timely so I've listed them below. Equally timely (perhaps more so) is the list of 800 compatible apps. There are some big boys like Cisco, IBM and Adobe missing from here though David Boschman covered this nicely in a post last week.
[update from JD at Adobe - thanks!]
Microsoft Ships Vista Deployment ToolsMicrosoft's List Of 800 Windows Vista-Compatible Apps Excludes IBM, Adobe
Some Adobe applications have been rev'd to handle Vista changes already. Ongoing information across releases is here:
This list of 800 compatible apps is great; however, as a software engineer / architect, what I'm most interested in is when Microsoft's flagship development product (VS 2005) will move from the "work with Vista" list to the "certified for Vista" list! Do you have any news on that?
sorry Gary - don't know for sure but will check with DPE. Meantime, check out http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c17c9fb8-2a4a-426d-b08b-6ae614d16a0d&DisplayLang=en for Orcas CTP!