I first heard about Microsoft Vista several years ago, back when it was code-named Longhorn. At the time I worked for a large computer hardware company, and since the resource requirements were so ridiculous, Microsoft gave us plenty of advanced notice. Because of the resource requirements, I swore I would never use it until I was forced to, and even then it would be on my company-issued machine, and I would be kicking and screaming about the transition.
Yesterday I made the transition. It's not that bad. Of course, it's helped by the fact that it's running on a new Dell, and since I work for a software company, they don't mess around when buying new workstations. I also have not one, but two 22 inch flat panel monitors to look at, so my days of using "alt-tab" to toggle between programs are over. The display is so nice that with my JBL headphones, I would seriously consider watching movies at my desk. In fact, if I didn't have commitments this evening, I would probably stay late and watch Claim one more time.
For personal use, I'm a mac guy all around. Vista falls short of Mac OS without question. Vista's got some cool, mac-like features, and perhaps even a greater number of features. But they're not as clean and intuitive as they are on the mac. Nevertheless, so long as you've got the hardware to run it, Vista works better than I expected.
Apparently I should also be using Windows Live Writer to write this blog. Haven't tried that yet, but if it's as good as everyone says, that would make Microsoft 2 for 2 in providing me with products that rate "not disappointing." And considering my already low expectations and Microsoft's ability to somehow still consistently fall below them, that's saying something.