I installed Windows Vista Business SP1 on a couple of test PCs recently and I’ve been putting it and Office 2007 through their paces over the last couple of days. For the most part I’m happy with them… Vista’s Aero interface is such a radical departure from Windows XP that it takes a little getting used and the same can said for the ribbon bars in Office 2007 but once you get used to the changes they’re not bad.
My biggest complaint with Windows Vista is the User Account Controls feature, it annoys the hell out of me. If I’m logged in as an administrator and performing administrative tasks I shouldn’t have to click through a confirmation dialog to confirm that I actually want to perform the task that I just elected to perform.
But aside from the aforementioned annoyances Vista Business SP1 is stable, and does what I need it to do. That doesn’t mean I’m going to be abandoning Windows XP Professional or Office 2003 though. I’m happy with both and they do what I need to do well enough that I don’t see a compelling reason to upgrade.
That said Windows Vista Business SP1 looks pretty solid and with sales of Windows XP scheduled to end on June 30th Vista Business looks like an acceptable replacement.