Why buy Vista? Now there’s a question.
Microsoft continue to say that Vista sales are much higher than XP ever was. But this is being disingenuous with the figures. The fact is that most of the “sales” are as pre-installs on OEM machines. Fair play to Microsoft, they have driven the business for years and created the ever expanding demand, but they’ve already stopped free and easy major distribution of XP so that if you buy a new machine, and unless you are really picky and argumentative, you’re going to get Vista, no matter what! Full XP availability ends in a couple of days.
Way back in the early nineties, with DOS, Win3.1, Win95-8, Microsoft’s operating system was so closely tied to the calls in the processor of choice made by Intel, that the “system” or two companies together were quite often referred to as WinTel.
News today from ITPro, https://www.itpro.co.uk/604053/intel-sticking-to-xp, is that even the people at Intel aren’t taking up Vista! This is seriously embarrassing and this single fact alone requires people to closely look at the capabilities of Vista and consider if it’s a worthwhile investment. The people at Intel really do know what’s going on in the gubbins and their opinions should count for quite a lot.
For me, the choice is no.