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When we released Windows Vista, security was clearly a top priority. However, one of the implications of the increased focus on security was that compatibility with Windows Vista was not where we wanted it to be at launch. Over the past eighteen months, Microsoft and our partners have made tremendous progress in compatibility, performance, and battery life. Here are updates on a few key facts:
I've been using Vista for over a year and I think it's great.
A lot of people now (especially in the media) are simply parrotting what they think "everybody knows", and as usual what everybody knows is not necessarily true.
Most of the people I know who tell me they've "upgraded to XP" (Ha Ha...clearly thinking this is the funniest thing anyone ever said) do so as soon as they hit something that doesn't work the way they expect it to based on experience, without bothering to look into it.
And *many* of the people who are now extolling the virtues of XP at Vista's expense were doing exactly the same thing a few years with Windows 2000, claiming then that XP was just "annoying eye candy".
One other point: I strongly suspect that there is a direct relationship between the release of Vista and the fact that laptops are now regularly being released with decent graphics capabilities, when they'd lagged for years largely because they weren't a major gaming platform.
The problem with Vista is this: it usually either works great for you (and then you don't understand why others are so upset), or it feels really broken (and then you don't understand why some people seem to be fine with it). And yes, I would consider an OS that can't even properly sleep or hibernate on a 3 year old PC (which did both of those things just fine with XP - and Linux, for the record), broken. Vista SP1 did fix quite a few things, but I still have several friends whose hardware configurations do not match Vista well. Ironically, it reminds me of the troubles Linux-on-the-desktop is going through.