As a convert from Windows we haven’t been too excited about the prospect of Vista coming out. However we went through a demonstration that will going on in just about every retail outlet selling computers in the world soon and it’s pretty clear that Windows users will covet the new OS.
In a similar way that AJAX has caught on for the Web, Windows users will appreciate the visual effects, mouseover actions and improved WYSIWIG editing in Vista & Office 2007. Security and enhanced parental controls are featured prominantly but are there really to satisfy the “more secure” checkbox.
People will buy it for the eye candy and in some cases for the same reasons people join health clubs or purchase exercise equipment. The existing OS and product families are just stale and Vista promises to make users “more productive, more mobile, more fun and more secure.” Who can resist that?
Cost is definitely an issue. I’m not sure how many people will want to pay up for the software to apply to existing machines versus purchase a new one pre-loaded with Vista and Office 2007. As of now it’s hard to say what you can get from Dell but would guess a system pre-loaded with both would run $1100-1400 as a guess. (For those continuing to pay attention or be interested in Dell their site is getting worse from what it was a year or two ago when their problems started to become manifest.)
Aside from pushing drooling Windows users to upgrade, Vista probably darkens the already dim outlook for the Linux desktop. People love Mac OSX and Windows users will probably love Vista. This doesn’t leave much room for the Linux desktop to enjoy anything close to mainstream adoption and might even kill it.