I recently installed the second public beta of Windows Vista on one of my computers. I had heard many good things and many (more) bad things about this operating system, so I thought I'd just try it out for myself. The next couple of posts will review Windows Vista, providing both the good and the bad of Microsoft's latest. I'm going to try and keep this as impartial as an avid Mac user can be regarding Windows. Also along that note, I'm going to try not to make many comparisons with the Mac OS in these reviews. There are some areas where that will be unavoidable, and for that I apologize. I would like for Vista to be able to stand on it's own. For the record, these are the specifications of the computer Vista is operating on: an AMD Athlon XP at 2.93 GHz with 512 MB RAM and an nVidia FX 5200 with 256 MB of VRAM. The beta is of Windows Vista Ultimate Edition, which combines all of the other versions of Vista, and then some. Vista rates my computer at level 2 (I'll discuss this later).

Before I begin the review of features, I need to make it clear that this is a beta. Some of the features I discuss may change before the system is released, and hopefully the problems I discuss will be rectified before the release. I am also aware that no operating system can be perfect, so I will try not to gripe about small things. That being said, Vista is well on it's way to being a very good operating system to use. We will have to wait and see whether or not it holds up in the security and stability department.