Unless you’ve been asleep at the wheel, you’re probably aware the Microsoft has finally released two major software packages. These “cash cows” for Microsoft include Windows Vista (upgrade for Windows XP) and Office 2007 (upgrade for Office 2003). These two upgrades will set you back anywhere from $200 to $700 per computer.
Naturally, Leonard already has both installed on his laptop. Thus, I’ve been receiving daily (often unsolicited) feedback on the features and benefits of these two desktop computer mainstays. While he likes the new ribbon bar that appears at the top of the Office applications (Word, Excel, etc.), he constantly murmurs “I can’t see how someone such as John is going to spend the time to re-learn how to use Word…” In addition, he tells me that you shouldn’t consider running Vista with less than 1GB of RAM.
At this point, I don’t see a compelling reason for spending the money or the time for the upgrades. My guess is that once companies are convinced that Vista offers improved security, it will start to catch-on in the business world.