Thursday, April 24, 2008

Windows smashed!

With immediate effect, the price of the Windows Vista (Basic and Premium Eds) will be slashed by 10% - 50% (depending on how you obtain the software) nationwide. It seems that Microsoft Malaysia wanted to cut the price of the OS in line with the price drop in computer hardware. But I personally felt that they want to push for more converts from XP to the new Vista, i.e. increase the sales of Vista la. On the other hand, this is actually a good move to curb piracy among Malaysians, especially those who are using the 'Jack Sparrow' versions of the Windows....hehe. Unfortunately for them, I won't be parting with my money to get the new Vista because I'm using Linux - Free OS people!!!

However, I tried using the RC2 of Vista
on my laptop back in 2007. The visual appeal of the OS was enticing. Very clean and modern look compared to the old post-98 look of XP. Performance wise, it's a bit slower compared to XP since I have only 1GB of RAM, albeit not too slow to affect the overall productivity of everything. It's recommended to have at least 2GB. One thing that I hate about Vista is that it has this annoying security pop-up everytime I tried to run something in admin mode. Although you could disable it, but that defeats the purpose of Vista's claim to have better security compared to older versions of Windows. Having said that however, there're other built-in features which enhance the security of the system and this pop-up is just a small piece of the puzzle.

So if you have been planning to upgrade to Vista but had been let down by the price tag, now is the right time to do it. Or you could just switch to Linux and be free from all those software monopoly-control-tie-ups :p. Or better still, if you are using genuine Windows XP and see no reason to upgrade but is drooling over the whole cosmetics changes, you could try this - Vista Transformation Pack that will transform your XP to look like a Vista with up to 90% of accuracy. Although it consumes a tad bit more RAM, but at least you don't have to upgrade to 2GB :-).

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