Does today’s Report seem any different? Look closely – you’ll notice that I typed the whole thing from Windows Vista Beta 2. It’s not a perfect operating system, by any means – but it’s stable enough to run and fiddle around with. After a few key players at Microsoft saw my personal posts on the UI inconsistencies of both Vista and the next version of Office, one of them has lined up TWO HOURS with the people responsible for user interface design. This means, I’ll be able to show them what’s right – and (more importantly) what’s wrong with the Beta 2 build of Windows Vista. Of course, by the time I walk in there and start talking, everybody will have been moved to a more recent build than the one the world has. I’ve made a few more notes in my travels through Vista and Office 12 – making even more red checkmarks for Outlook 12 (even though I’ve got tremendous hopes that the team will listen and apply my feedback for the good of the world). I’m still surprised that Windows Vista runs well on my laptop. Could be due to the 4GB USB stick I added to it (check out the new ReadyBoost feature). It’s not the latest and greatest Core Duo, but it’ll get me from point A to point B with relatively little hassle.

There are a few programs you need to be aware of with Windows Vista – buying a computer that says it’s “ready for Vista” may not result in an experience that was truly Vista-like. From Microsoft’s own Vista Web site: “Yes. Windows Vista is the first Windows operating system with a user experience that adapts to take advantage of the capabilities of the hardware on which it is installed. All Windows Vista Capable PCs will be able to run at least the core experiences of Windows Vista. All Windows Vista Premium Ready PCs can deliver even better Windows Vista experiences, including the new Windows Aero user experience.” Watch out for “Capable” anything, my friends. I’m capable of staying up for three days straight, but I wouldn’t ever want to do such a thing. Might be an all-nighter tonight, though; the Gateway computer arrived this afternoon, and I’ve been spending the better part of my day getting everything up-and-running. Trying to figure out why the color on my second DVI connection (ATI) casts a warm color. No matter, the files from my old machine are transferring to the new one – with the old one becoming Ponzi’s later tonight, and this new one also becoming hers in a matter of a few months when I get a new system – likely AMD-based.

Windows Vista is still a little too slow for my liking, but that could be due to the amount of beta code sewn throughout the product. I’ve been given certain assurances that it’ll get speedier with newer builds. If my hardware runs XP just fine, it should be able to handle what Vista throws at it. The biggest investment you could make in a new (or existing) computer is the video card – I’ve always said that. Never has it been more important for you to pick something better than what can be found at the bottom of the cheap heap. You’re going to be running Windows Vista sooner or later, especially when you see what it has to offer. Besides – while I don’t work for Microsoft, I’m certainly working with them in every way possible to make sure that Windows Vista is the Microsoft OS to beat. Sure, they’re our Diamond Sponsor for Gnomedex – but I’d be helping ’em with Vista, anyway.

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