Microsoft Vista Upgrade Q & A
What is Windows Vista?
It's the newest release in Microsoft (MS) operating system software, Vista is the name of the next major version of Windows, and the successor to Windows XP.
What’s the difference between Vista and MS XP?
On the consumer side, the system includes excellent new versions of Windows Media Player and Windows Movie Maker, as well as new applications like Windows Photo Gallery and Windows DVD Maker. (Business reasons below)
How about on the business side of the equation?
Security would be a large factor in this, considering that the security on the Mac OS X and Linux were previously superior to the MS platform. Besides the technical aspects of information security that Vista improves upon. The system will inform users about security and privacy choices so they feel more confident that they are as secure as possible and that their privacy is protected as well.
Overall performance is also a main factor in the ever growing business sector, companies, especially new or small businesses must continually remain competitive. Windows Vista includes numerous enhancements for portable computers, including better power management, support for external displays, and better wireless networking functionality. (More below)
When should I upgrade?
Upgrading should be taken seriously; evaluating your current goals, whether business wise or personal, is key in this process. (After reading this you should have a good idea)
How do I know if my PC is compatible?
Microsoft claims that if your PC can run Win XP than it is capable of running Vista.
What other features does Vista have?
Besides all the hype, Vista does contain some excellent new features; making it more user-friendly and organized. Vista includes system-level instant desktop "search functionality" that helps users find information on their PCs and organize them with virtual folders that work the way they want them to. MS Vista also makes it easier to identify documents from their icons: Instead of using static icons like previous Windows versions, Vista features "Live Icons" that display the first page of the document right in its icon. Finally, Windows Vista will include an advanced printer and document framework called "XPS" (XML Paper Specification) that will reportedly make it easier to use and share documents between a wide variety of devices.
What about upgrading Vista versions?
According to Microsoft, its new Windows Upgrade Anytime mechanism allows users with a license of MS Vista to upgrade to more powerful versions. Microsoft released it will have six core Vista versions: Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, Business and Enterprise...each according to your needs and levels of usage. So if your needs change you can upgrade to another version.
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