Windows Vista is now commercially and generally available in most retail store across the world. However, the price of Windows Vista is expensive, and it has too many editions, making choice difficult. The reviews of Windows Vista got the mixed feedback, making the choice harder, as there are couple of issues and problems on Vista and feature sets that are not compelling enough. Several people has voiced out their opinion, and gives their reason on why you should upgrade to Windows Vista, or why you should not do upgrade or just wait and don’t do it now.

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Web Worker Daily suggests 10 reasons to buy and install Windows Vista now that are new Aero effect interface makes sense, easier to navigate security settings, Windows Photo Gallery, integrated search, improved wireless networking, neat Sync Center for Windows Mobile devices, performance improvements, integrated calendar, Windows Meeting Space, and if you upgrade now, you can do all the dirty setup on your own time by yourself, instead preinstalled by factory. 10 more reasons to wait for a while and not upgrade so fast are that Vista has steep hardware requirements, expensive, downtime anticipated, can’t upgrade to a fresh drive, Vista as a virtual machine is allowed but only for more expensive Business or Premium editions, there will be bugs and there will be things that need fixing that you can let others work out the bugs, Vista puts the emphasis on performance over battery life, it’s possible to get close enough to Vista without actually touching it such as by using IE7 in Windows XP, Vista has all promise yet no proven results, and last but not least, if XP ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

APC (link dead) specifies 10 reasons not to get Vista, due to the fact that you don’t actually need it, cost $$, it’s outrageously overpriced, has to upgrade hardware, incompatible driver support, applications that don’t work without vendors’ update, it’s a big fat target for virus and malware, annoying UAC, tightly integrated DRM, and to a lesser degree TPM such as copy protection mechanisms and ‘Windows Rights Management’ into Vista is a liability to users, and draconian license.

Another author in APC (link dead) also writes a rebuttal with 10 reasons you should get Vista, namely UI built for the era of video and digital photography, image-based install, up-to-date driver base and better driver handling on installation, desktop search and search folders built in, sleep mode that actually works, rock-solid laptop encryption, better file navigation, inbuilt undelete, DirectX10 and ultimate reason, you have no choice.

CNNMoney asks “Should you buy now?” and concludes that Microsoft’s Windows Vista delivers better security and usability, from the home to the road to the enterprise. But since you’ve already waited five years for it, it won’t hurt to wait a little bit longer, until it’s time to buy your next PC.

Digital Journal asks if Windows Vista worth the upgrade, and suggests that consumers to wait until IT pros give the thumbs-up, until any noticeable security patches have been fixed. Realizing Microsoft’s reputation as a target, PC users should be somewhat sceptical of charging head-down into Vista’s world without learning more about the new OS and finding out if the upgrade is worth it for their everyday functions. After all, it’s easy to take a company at its word and believe a product will change your life. It’s harder, and more rewarding, to analyze if a certain technology will do everything it promises.