October 4, 2005
Dear CNET members,
Whether or not you're a Windows fan, you've probably noticed that the upcoming version of Microsoft's operating system, Windows Vista (code name Longhorn), is in the spotlight. According to reports, Vista is slated to launch sometime late next year, but beta versions are already circulating. CNET editor Rob Vamosi recently met with Microsoft and reviewed the new operating system. In his latest Security Watch column, "Windows Vista's new security features," he shares his thoughts on some of the features found in one of the latest beta versions (build 5219, released September 2005). I know it's a a bit premature to judge this new OS, but Rob's article definitely gives us an idea where Windows Vista is headed. Microsoft likes to use words such as "confidence," "clarity," and "communications" when describing its latest operating system, but will the three c's really hold up? Do you care about this next Windows release? What's your confidence level and expectations of Microsoft's newest OS? Are you looking forward to Windows Vista, or do you plan to wait and watch before upgrading? Whatever is on your mind about Vista, share it with us in our TalkBack area. We'd like to hear your opinion.
This week's hot topic:
Will you upgrade to Windows Vista?
In his latest Security Watch column, Robert Vamosi shares his thoughts on the latest Windows Vista beta release. Will you upgrade when the new OS is available? Many of you shared some interesting upgrade decisions.
Can't wait to upgrade
By going the extra mile with third-party virus protection, CNET member raydj has always had good experiences with Windows and can't wait until the newest version is publicly available.
Read raydj's full post in CNET TalkBack
Let's wait a while
Based on previous experiences, the choice is easy for CNET member miksand0. He's going to wait for the first service pack, since that's when Microsoft usually works out the big kinks.
Read miksand0's full post in CNET TalkBack
Could be too costly
CNET member bonafide49 is hesitant to upgrade until he's sure that he won't have to upgrade his PC and that his current software will continue to work on the new operating system.
Read bonafide49's full post in CNET TalkBack
Do you plan to upgrade to Vista once it's available, or are you going to wait a while? Read "Windows Vista's new security features," then speak up in the TalkBack section.
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