CNet reported in an article today that a research firm estimates that only 40% of the 320 million current PC's around the world can run some flavour of Vista, and even some of those will need memory upgrades.Â Further, they estimate that only 15% can run Vista premium editions.
Microsoft's answer, according to the article?Â Don't upgrade, just go buy a new PC.
I'm not even going to touch on the enviornmental impacts of sending a bunch of otherwise decent machines to the landfills to make room for Vista...
While Vista is a sexy OS, I'd seriously have to question the wisdom of buying a new PC just to get it.Â XP works, and will for a while yet, so if you don't really need a new PC to do what you do, why spend the money?Â Why even upgrade to Vista at all?Â (This coming from the geek who couldn't wait to try it out.)Â Given my experience with it personally, I can't think of a compelling reason to upgrade at this point... unless one of the two following points are true:
- You find software that you need which only runs on Vista
- You were in the market to upgrade to a new PC anyway
My wife and I are in the latter, and will be looking at a new PC in a couple of months time.Â At that point they'll come with Vista pre-installed, and hopefully the manufacturers will have had enough time to make sure they work well with Vista, not just that they work.
I'm curious to know how many of my readers here are planning on upgrading.Â And if you are upgrading, are you buying a new PC to do it?Â Are you upgrading some of your PC's components?Â Or do you think your hardware is good enough?