I got a new laptop a couple weeks ago, a Dell XPS M1330. Sweet machine (Windows Experience Index 4.0). It has Windows Vista on it. Many of the things that frustrated me in previous versions of Windows have gone away. For example:
- The machine boots fast.
- I can backup my hard drive to multiple DVDs without buying additional software.
- It comes with a program that lets me edit video, slides and music and burn a DVD.
- It makes Windows XP look “plain”.
Yes I have a problem finding some things, and yes I did switch the Control Panel to Classic view. But overall the UI is easier to use and I really enjoy the experience.
I contrast this to MS Office 2007 which after a couple of months is still driving me crazy trying to figure out where they hid some features. The old Office menus are, in this man’s opinion, a better way to organize things.
I kept having fairly serious problems with disk corruption on the machine, until I installed Windows 7. Now it’s solid as can be.