I support and manage a number of Windows desktops as part of my job, and have been a little frustrated lately, having to put off even trying Vista on our network because the database software package we run just doesn’t play well with anything but XP Pro. XP Pro is a must. Period, end of discussion.
And with Microsoft starting to play hardball, telling PC manufacturers that they have to quit selling machines with XP bundled & move to Vista, it appeared as though buying anything with XP Pro is only going to become more difficult as time goes on. Dell — the 500lb gorilla of the PC industry — is still selling machines with XP Pro preinstalled (with a Vista installer thrown in; what’s that saying about the value of Vista?), but even they will have to succumb to the 5,000lb gorilla at some point.
What a relief. I feel a bit better now.