The network sharing centre in windows vista really sucks, for that reason alone I wont be installing it until at least SP2 :)
I have run it on my home laptop for over a year now and its just about acceptable. But I see no improvements in day to day usage other than the nice renaming functions. Navigating folders is a nightmare, even the resetting view bugs for folders are still present from XP!!
It is slower and more complicated to do simple things than XP. In a couple of years when the hardware has caught up it might be worth doing an upgrade, but until then I'm very happy with supporting XP exclusively in a school environment.
I agree with it not being ready for any deployment in either the education or corporate environment. You do need high speed hardware to get anything out of it. My desktop is a Sempron 3300+, 1GB RAM - that alone kills it, so how can it be expected to be adopted this early when my machine surpasses many in schools, simply because the finance isn't there for them to install it. Right now, it's only of real use in a home environment - I love Aero and the whole fading of default buttons and what not, they make the computer more visually stimulating and easier to use imo. Ease of Access Centre for one is a major improvment on XP's accessibility options with all options collated together. I'm not bowled over my The Network and Sharing Center, but the Network Map visual is a fantastic edition, however its mostly suited to home users along with the majority of the OS.
Although off topic can I please ask that users stop constantly banging on about Vista's faults. This question started about a user wanting to know when XP will no longer be available and there's now about 3 pages worth of senseless Vista bashing about some of the most minor changes. Surely there are free skinnig asolutions available to make it look like XP if that's what you really want. Also the main problems in this post are UAC and Aero, well turn them off, your not being forced to use these settings, their just a safe default.
No Vista plans here anytime soon although our recent hardware would be able to cope with it but the older stuff (Athlon64 3000+ \ 1GB RAM) would be slow and I see no compelling reasons to upgrade.
Stone are still supplying us with XP licenses at the mo, long may it continue!
The interesting times ahead will be when the larger percentage of students \ staff use Vista at home on their new boxes and keep wondering why the School \ College is "behind the times" not understanding the reasons behind sticking with XP.
Not looking forward to that day meself, personally I can't stand Vista as it takes every quick trick used in the last 7-8 years and throws em out the window for some "user friendly" route that takes double the time :mad:
As for Aero and the whole black interface \ pretty buttons it gets on my nerves, the black everywhere almost makes a widescreen look double widescreen and gives me a headache plus the stupid fade effects slow things down. As one guy put it "user interface friction" making things feel slower even if they're not. However it has won over many people as it's got a round clock on the side (wow I had that on Windows 95!)
Office 2007, on the other hand is what Vista should be, a good improvement on the UI that actually does make things quicker. We deployed it on WinXP and although users were moaning for about 2-3 weeks now they love it, pat on the back for Microsoft there shame their OS didn't follow suit :p
the trouble i find, is:-
visturd really makes you look bad, because it is slow, and everyone expects speed, and has seemingly less and less patience. The amount of workload you need to put into it to make it useable is horrendous, I thought xp was bad enough, but visturd, oh my god!!, i'm not sure if i'll ever make it workable for young children/special needs.
As for getting used to it, when i first saw xp i thought 'this looks good, ok things are a bit different, but it feels fast , now where did that trojan come from??'
whereas visturd, i have not found anything i like, even the deployment process has not worked for me despite following the instructions verbatim.
time they went back to the drawing board with this pile of sh*t, and made a 'shell' that makes it look and feel like windows xp.
the major problem is i think that this pile of sh*t was programmed by loads of different software houses, all adding the things they liked, and not once did micrcrap ever ask a 'real' end user/administrator what they needed.
not impressed , just avoiding it as much as possible, and praying a service pack might make it 'work'