Windows Vista hits stores
If you haven't already heard, or if you've been living under a rock these past few months, Microsoft has now launched the retail version of its new operating system. Vista is becoming available to consumers in four different flavors, which are priced as follows:
Microsoft has a neat table detailing the differences between all four editions on this page
. Vista Home Basic is a little too stripped down for our tastes, so we'd probably recommend Vista Home Premium or Vista Business depending on whether you require media center functionality or Remote Desktop Connection support. Also, do bear in mind that "upgrade" versions of Vista Home Basic and Vista Home Premium will apparently require
users to have a previous version of Windows installed on their system. If you prefer clean operating system installations, you might want to stick with the retail versions for those two editions of Vista.
If you're ready to bite the bullet but aren't sure whether your machine has what it takes to run the new OS, you can run Microsoft's Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor to find out.