After over five years of development, Windows Vista has been declared complete and released to manufacturing. I never thought I’d see this day come. Haha.
It’s nice to see Vista Gold finally happen, but we all should remember to never buy into the first release of anything. If I’m a high level IT decision maker at a business, I would be planning a Vista transition to hit sometime into 2008, as Service Pack 1 — complete with an upgraded kernel — will be on the scene and have the bugs shaken out of it. My experience with the last three or so public test builds was mostly positive but I still think there are very strange behaviors that need fixing. None of the release candidates felt like finished products, at all, and I just don’t see how that bodes well for the final release. I’ll see what the reviews say, though, and anticipate those very soon.
Will I be upgrading in the next year? I’m not sure yet. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’ve already upgraded at work, and have been using Vista exclusively there for about two months or so. It’s been a positive experience. At home, it’s a trickier story: I’ll probably want to drop a newer Athlon XP onto this machine at the very least, and possibly build a new machine for Vista sometime late next year, as I’m not sure my machine will deliver the performance I want from it. But, that’s just me.
Paul Thurrott has screenshots of each of the Windows Vista versions, for your viewing pleasure.