The imminent arrival of Windows Vista has stirred users to write blog entries on all aspects of Microsoft's desktop operating system, including interface and security enhancements. But users still seem undecided on when to upgrade.
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IT manager Mark Wilson wrote that he was not sure there was a compelling reason to upgrade. "Windows Vista will soon be available to volume licence subscribers and will soon be the standard for new PCs, but there will be many of us running Windows XP for quite some time yet," he said.
IT manager Rick Parsons said that Windows XP "still has life and Microsoft even has plans for an upgrade".
He added, "From the previews, I cannot see much that is attractive about Vista from an upgrade point of view. Many of the features seem to be cosmetic for initial impact and first sale. Perhaps when software starts to exploit the underlying features it may make sense."
Consultant Richi Jennings said, "In its ongoing effort to thwart pirates, Microsoft is going to prevent its anti-malware bits from working on a PC running pirated Windows Vista. Does this mean it is fine for PCs running pirated versions to spew spam and malware into my inbox?"
IT security commentator Steve Gold said, "According to Jim Allchin, Microsoft's co-president, Vista's security technology is so great that you won't need an anti-virus application to protect your PC. That may be OK for a seven-year-old's PC, but what about a 27-year-old's computer? This is madness. Come back Bill Gates, all is forgiven."
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