Tips For Windows Vista Coming -- but We're Not Abandoning XP Users
Windows XP and Windows Vista

Gary Wants To Know How We're Going to Handle Windows Vista
I just received my Volume III E-Book CD. It's great. I really appreciated the unexpected bonus too! It was nice to have volume II and III on one CD. Thank you!  Now my question. I read the other day that Windows Vista is going to be released in January. I was wondering if you're going to feature mostly Windows Vista questions and answers (and tips and tricks) or will you also continue Windows XP questions & answers and tips and tricks? At this time I do not intend to upgrade to Windows Vista - I will probably wait for awhile before I do. Thanks for all you do! Gary

Thanks, Gary. Great question too! We want to assure everyone that we will not abandoned Windows XP in our newsletters. In fact we will continue to keep Windows XP installed on at least two of our computers and will feature questions/answers and tips/tricks as well as "freeware" for Windows XP.

We will gradually begin phasing in Windows Vista tips and tricks and questions and answers in January 2007. Over time, more and more Vista tips/tricks and questions/answers will be appearing in InfoAve Premium and InfoAve Free. But, we have no plans at this time to end our commitment to Windows XP users.

Here's why we expect to be featuring Windows XP related tips/tricks and questions/answers for quite some time yet:

We don't feel that current XP users are going to flock to the stores to buy an upgrade copy of Vista. For one thing, most consumers are not going to be happy with the "basic" version of Vista (which will cost around $100). Almost everyone who has experience with Vista is recommending that users upgrade to the "Professional" version (which will cost around $170). The price is high and most users are happy with Windows XP. It's stable and works well. This is not the same as when Windows XP was released, It was replaced two versions of Windows in general use at that time: Windows 98 and Windows ME. Windows ME was the worst operating system that Microsoft ever released. Windows 98 was a big improvement and a great upgrade from Windows 95 (which had many problems), but Windows 98 had its share of problems too, especially with security and stability.

Windows XP doesn't suffer from the memory issues of the Windows 95/98/ME era. In fact you can run it for weeks without rebooting - something Windows 95/98/ME users could never do. Windows XP, while not 100% secure, is far more secure than its predecessors. And, we've got news for you. Vista is not going to be 100% secure either - no operating system will will be. No software can ever be 100% secure unless it is also 100% unusable.

We think Microsoft is going to more difficult time selling the Windows Vista upgrade than it did selling the Windows XP upgrade. So many features of past versions of Windows that have been carried forward in the past have completely changed in Vista, that the learning curve is a lot higher than that it was, for example, moving from Windows 98 to Windows XP.

We imagine in the first few months of the release of Windows Vista, the majority of its users will either be super-techies who always stay on the cutting edge of things, or consumers who purchase new computers with Windows Vista pre-installed. Eventually though, as time passes, most of us using Windows XP will upgrade. For there will come a time when Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP (like they have Windows 95, 98, and Windows ME) and then it will no longer be safe to use Windows XP. But that day is still a long way off.

After using Windows Vista for several months now, we're not enamored with it. We think there are a lot of features which will annoy the average user. We think there was  was too much attention to "show" and not enough attention to "go". The usual Microsoft commitment to ensure older programs work properly in new versions of Windows is curiously missing from Vista (at least in the beta versions we've tried). This is going to result in headaches for developers of software applications as well as for consumers who have paid good money for software and may discover it does not work with Windows Vista.

Our final analysis of Windows Vista will have to wait until the release of Windows Vista. It would not be fair to pass final judgment based on "beta" versions or "release candidates" of Vista. Sometimes Microsoft's "final" versions are very different from the beta versions.

It is our feeling that many of the security features of Vista could have been released as a service pack for Windows XP (and may still be) without rewriting the whole operating system code. But, then again that wouldn't have made any money for Microsoft - would it? And, maybe there will be a "service pack 3" for Windows XP in the near future. We don't know. That's pure speculation. But it would be a wise move however it may hurt sales of Vista.

All of you who plan on continuing to use Windows XP can rest assured that we will continue to provide answers to your Windows XP questions as well freeware that works on Windows XP, and, of course, Windows XP tips and tricks. We have no plans at this time to abandon Windows XP users when Vista is released..

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