In a few weeks, Vista will be history. Even though, it will still be running for quite some time on many machines out there, most IT pros will focus now on Windows 7. Of course, no IT pro will start using Vista now. But I am sure many are still running XP on their own computers, at work or at home, and quite a few of them believe that skipping Vista was the smartest thing to do. If you are one of them, then this article is dedicated to you. Quite by chance, I've found seven reasons why you should now regret your decision.
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1. Windows 7 is great ^
You probably think that since Vista was such a mess and Windows 7 is so great, your decision to skip Vista was a wise one. The contrary is true. The major reason why Windows 7 is so great is because it builds on Vista. You could have had many of the great Windows 7 features long ago.
2. What is Windows 7? ^
You probably will never really be able to answer this question. If you move directly from Windows XP to Windows 7, you won't be able to tell if a new feature was introduced with Vista or Windows 7. Whenever you log on to a Vista machine, you will be confused because many things are similar, but some are different. This is embarrassing for an IT pro. Let's hope that in the future you never have to work for an organization that still has Vista.
3. You are left behind ^
Perhaps you played a little with Vista. But using an operating system on your own computer every day is a different thing. This is how IT pros learn to internalize how an OS has to be managed. You can't learn this from a book. The majority of IT pros are now ahead of you. It will take a while for you to catch up since you now have to learn the Vista and Windows 7 features all at once.
4. You missed all the good trouble ^
Yes, it is true that in the beginning, Vista broke many applications and device drivers were either unavailable or half-baked. This made countless IT pros around the world sweat and curse. You should envy them. During this time, they have learned more about PC troubleshooting than ever before in their lives. A soldier who has never been in combat can hardly make a military career. An IT pro who managed to get Vista running properly is certainly very valuable for any organization.
5. You missed an important chapter in IT history ^
I don't remember a time when an operating system was as passionately debated as Vista. History will tell if Microsoft's decision to focus almost completely on security was good for the IT community or not. One thing is for sure, though, you didn't really play a role in this chapter of IT history. Perhaps you took part in the debates, but someone who hasn't really used this OS doesn't have a say. This important chapter in IT history just passed you by.
6. Lack of bashing flu antibodies ^
Shorty after Vista was released, the Vista bashing flu was spreading from journalist brain to journalist brain, and many IT pros willingly got themselves infected. After trying Vista for a week or two, they downgraded to XP and proudly told everyone who wanted to hear it that Vista really is a mess, just like everyone says. Come on, how can you get to know an operating system in a week when it was developed over five years by several thousand engineers? I also know some IT pros who kept using Vista and didn't change their minds. That is okay. They proved themselves to have bashing-flu antibodies in their brains because they didn't fall for impression-motivated, anti-Microsoft-campaigns driven by the IT yellow press. You probably lack these antibodies.
7. Windows XP worked just fine ^
There is no doubt that this argument was abused most often in discussions about Vista. Of course, XP was the best desktop OS of its time, and so were Windows 2000 and Windows NT. And of course, they all worked just fine when their successors were released. To use this as an argument against a new operating system is the worst sin an IT pro can commit. If everything works just fine, nobody really needs you. This argument can be used against any kind of innovation. Heck, our business is to make those things work that aren't working fine. Besides, as mentioned above, Vista mainly was a security release and an operating system that is significantly less secure than its successor doesn't really work fine. Let's just hope that the XP machines in your network don't belong to one of these fast growing botnets.
You feel remorse now? Okay, one has to be able to forgive. Go and get Windows 7 as fast as you can.
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