SEARCH BLOG: MICROSOFT
I wrote earlier that I am selling my small business.
Officially, I retired a few years ago, but have had this small side business for 25 years. It has let me tinker with computer systems and software and keep my mind somewhat agile.Last year I purchased a Dell laptop with a nice, large screen, a lot of memory, and an Intel Duo Core processor.
It came with Vista Home Premium and some other pre-loaded software. I loaded Microsoft Office 2007, Adobe Acrobat 8, and some Macromedia software on it as well.Other than an issue with a pre-loaded virus scan software that kept kicking me off the Internet, I have had a nearly flawless experience with this configuration.
As part of the process of selling the business, I prepared an "Operations Manual" for the new owner.
It was prepared in Microsoft Word using its built in features, including "Styles," and took advantage of a little feature called "Snipping Tool" which came with Vista. This let's a person take a full or partial screen image and save it for further use. In the old computer with the XP system, I had to purchase a piece of software to do the same thing.The upshot is that I was able to prepare a 40+ page, professional-looking document that was well-organized and loaded with images to assist understanding, and it included an automatically-generated Table of Contents... in about two days.
Certainly, this could have been done in Office 2003... not as easily, but after using both and having used Microsoft products for almost 25 years, my opinion is that Vista and Office 2007 are both competent, if not superior, efforts from Microsoft... if loaded on the right equipment.
Vista seems to be an issue with many people, but it has been taking care of itself in the background for almost a year and I haven't had to waste my time with those damn Service Packs that kept needing my attention in XP. I run an automatic full backup weekly on to a 1 terabyte external drive using Vista and it is done invisibly... even if I'm working on the computer at the time.Microsoft has done well. Just my opinion....