This time, it looks like they mean it.
In a news article from BBC News, Microsoft announces Windows Vista is due in stores in January and will come in six versions. Ranging from $100 – $399 USD, there will be three versions for businesses and two for home use and one for “developing nations”.
I know a lot of people have been computer shopping with Vista in mind, as did we. According to the BBC News Vista Hardware Checklist, at a minimum you will need an 800MHz processor with 512MB RAM and a DirectX 9 capable graphics card, along with 15 gigs minimum for installation. I bet you that 1 gig RAM with a ton of graphics memory is going to be better than the minimum.
The last three computers we purchased were bought with Vista’s hardware requirements in mind, but those release dates came and went, and promises for free or discounted versions of Vista from our computer manufacturers has also dried up. Microsoft again promises coupons for free or discounted versions of Vista, but only for those who buy computers within the next two months, not a year or more ago when hype was on for Vista’s anticipated arrival.
Microsoft now has competition from other operating systems, and a lot of people are burned out on Microsoft tactics, so this will be a very interesting release after so long and so many patches and glitches.
Are you going to upgrade or wait? Or have you totally said good-bye to Microsoft operating systems? Is your computer system ready for Vista?
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