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From: Jackie King <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Vista
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 21:50:42 -0600
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Count many major universities as entities that have not shifted to Vista
as of yet. Much of that is because Vista cannot handle the programs they
use. I work for one that has been trying to migrate for a couple of
years and still hasn't because of the technical problems it presents.

Even the company of which Ancestry, Genealogy.com and others are members
has problems with it in a few instances. For example, the chat program
used by Gen.com for its genealogy.chat used to host 35 - 50 people at a
time. That's been drastically cut because those using Vista either can't
get in or if they do, they can't use many of the chat's functions. Those
of us who use the chat and have not converted can see people entering -
but they can't type if they are using Vista combined with IE7 unless
they go through a couple of permutations. If they use Vista and do make
it into the room, they are extremely limited. It's too bad because,
while the regular chatters do have their fun, for more than ten years
it has been a serious genealogy chat aimed at helping people find the
resources they can use to find their ancestry.


Neal Underwood wrote:
> Microsoft announced in June of 2008 that it is extending support of Windows
> XP through 2014. See:
> http://www.microsoft.com/windows/letter.html
> InformationWeek reports after that announcement that: "Microsoft may have
> little choice but to support Windows XP for an extended period, given that
> the majority of its large business customers have not upgraded their
> personal computers and laptops to the newer, Windows Vista operating system.
> Many companies have balked at Vista's cost, resource requirements, and lack
> of compatibility with older applications."
> http://www.informationweek.com/news/windows/operatingsystems/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=208800494
> The above official MS letter states that the replacement for Vista,
> "Windows 7," will be delivered "approximately 3 years after the January
> 2007 general availability launch date of Windows Vista." Speculation is
> abundant as to the exact nature of "Windows 7" and whether it may actually
> be released as early as September 2009.
> At 01:41 PM 12/16/08 -0700, you wrote:
>> Message: 8
>> Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2008 15:32:49 EST
>> From:
>> Subject: Re: [APG] Vista
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>> Ambiguous to say the least. MS is ALWAYS working on a new version of Windows
>> -- so that isn't news. Perhaps those who either tried to upgrade OLD
>> computers and peripherals to run with VISTA and/or those who went to VISTA
>> when it
>> first came out (before Service Pack 1 was released) are the source of all
>> the
>> negative VISTA stories. I don't know of too many VISTA users who have
>> Service
>> Pack 1 installed and who keep current with updates who don't like
>> VISTA--provided, of course, at least 3 or 4 GIGs RAM is installed. VISTA
>> is a memory
>> hog.
>> Personally, I would be a bit more apprehensive to have XP installed on a NEW
>> system when support for XP will be terminated before long than I would be
>> about learning to use VISTA with Service Pack 1. It isn't all THAT different
> >from XP once you change a few of the menus to "classic mode." VISTA handles
>> graphics and animation far more seamlessly than XP ever did.
>> Joan
>> In a message dated 12/16/2008 3:22:36 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
>> writes:
>> Well now, this is ambiguous news! I just bought a new computer that has
>> Vista pre-installed. In fact, my son hooked it all up last night and so
>> I've only had a few hours "getting to know you." So far no problems - and I
>> haven't found anything I don't actually like, just a few things I have learn
>> to do slightly different. It helps that I have a "live in" techy (my son)
>> so he has been guiding me along and is currently transferring everything
> >from my old XP machine.
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