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    Power User Dave begins his dissection Smiley

    jmazner wrote:
    There are a couple questions you might ask, actually:

    1) what's new in Vista for end-users?  if I sat my {mom | dad | brother | neighbor} in front of a Vista desktop, what would they see as different?  Lots of changes here to explorer and apps (music and picture experiences, for example)

    I find the "music" and "picture" bits in shells a little patronising and a bad attempt at shoe-horning people into doing things a certain way. I don't like it when the shell has a "Buy music online" button, I see it as an advertisement.

    I also feel the new start menu and UI paradigms are a step backwards in usability.

    jmazner wrote:
    2) what's new in Vista for developers? Lots of new platform stuff.  Much of it (WinFX, for example) will be available on XP and 2003 as well, which is great news.  But there are some APIs that are unique to Vista (new stuff around inking, power management, p2p, etc)

    Very well.

    jmazner wrote:
    3) what makes Vista a better OS than XP?  This is an all up question.  you'd certainly include the answers to #1 and #2 in here, but then you could also list a bunch of other feature areas: improvements to core OS for performance, stability and reliability (LUA, IE 7 low-rights mode), improvements for IT around imaging/deployment and manageability, and improvements for OEMs.

    We've had powerful imaging and deployment tools since the Windows 9x days, they just weren't officially supported by Microsoft (somewhere in the MCSE it says to roll out a base installation and distribute applications over AD when it's really just easier to roll out a HDD image)

    As for OS stability... shouldn't that have been a priority with Windows XP? After all, the Windows XP setup says that it's the "fastest and most stable" Windows yet, so some of us XP users are going to feel a little shafted.

    As for improvements for OEMs? Does this mean that they can put even more spyware into base installations?

    jmazner wrote:
    It would take many pages to answer quesiton #3 -- I will look around to see if there's anything on the public web site that tries to summarize it all.

    Whilst I'm sure that some of the kernel features are pretty nifty (new audio and networking stacks, for instance), might I ask why these improvements were necessary in the first place?

    ...Why, in this day and age, even with Windows XP, are display drivers not in User mode, for example?

    (It's pretty obvious that I'm not going to be upgrading to Windows "PVP-POP" Vista any time soon Smiley )