I'm running Windows 2008 on my Fujitsu S7220, using it to test various blog and CMS solutions, and it's a great OS. As much as I love XP, I'm really impressed with a lot of the UI improvements that went into Vista (which flowed into 2008 and is improved even more in Windows 7). I don't hear a ton of talk about it, and I get the feeling that a lot of people who grumble about Vista (Becky!) just haven't taken the time to learn their new surroundings. One thing I didn't realize I use all the time was the searchable start menu. No more sorting your start menu to make things easier to find-it's a built-in quick launch that doesn't suck. Luckily, for people running XP, there's hope. LifeHacker featured a download called ViStart (clever…), which gives XP users the useful bits without needing to upgrade. I'm going to slipstream this onto my next XP image-that's still 90% of all the installations I do at work. Most of the Vista-on-XP programs out there are kinda hokey and just for show, but this one brings some really useful functionality back to the most widely used desktop OS.
Posted Thursday, February 26, 2009