Microsoft® Windows Vista® is a line of operating system produced by Microsoft® for use in personal computers, business desktops and laptops. It is successor of the very successful Windows® XP and was released worldwide in January 30, 2007.Windows Vista was released after the gap of five years following the release of XP which is the longest time span between any two successive releases of Microsoft® Windows® Operating System. It was then succeeded by Windows® 7 which was released worldwide on 22nd October, 2009.

Windows Vista®introduced many new features and incorporated huge changes as compared to Windows XP.

Various new features included in Windows Vista®are:

  • Updated graphical user interface
  • Visual style dubbed Windows Aero®
  • Windows® DVD maker and other multimedia tools
  • Advanced search function
  • Redesigned networking
  • Advanced audio, print and display sub-systems.
  • Windows Media® Player 11
  • Internet Explorer® 7
  • Replacement for Outlook access in form of Windows® Mail
  • Windows® Mobility Center
  • Speech recognition
  • Problem report and solutions
  • Windows® system assessment tools

Windows Vista® basically aimed at high-end machine and was designed to increase the level of communication between machines on a home network. File sharing in a home network was simplified by using P2P or Peer-to-Peer technology of file sharing.

Windows® XP was often criticized because of its security vulnerabilities and overall security threats from viruses, malware and spywares. That is the reason security was the prime focus by Microsoft® while developing Windows Vista®update. The reason for the delayed release of Windows® 7 update was also stated as the huge time spent in improving work for security in every aspect of new operating system.

Windows Vista® received an amazing initial response because of its advanced features and security improvements. However, Windows Vista® has also been the target of much criticism and negative media response.

The major factor that resulted in criticism for Windows Vista® are:

  • The high-end system requirement for proper running of Windows Vista®
  • Inclusion of many new digital rights management technologies which was basically aimed at protection of piracy
  • Compatibility issues with earlier hardware and software
  • Numerous authorization prompts for User Account Control.

Because of all these issues, the adaption rate of people towards Windows Vista® update was very low. Large number of people decided to stick to their familiar and user-friendly Windows® XP. Windows Vista update was marked as an epic failure in the history of Microsoft®. However, according to a report released in January 2009, the number of Windows Vista® users has reached 330 million which is much more than Microsoft® target to reach 200 million users with Windows Vista update. It has a whooping market share of 23.6% which is second largest only to 60% of Windows® XP.

If you are facing any problem in your Windows Vista® PC and need technical support, Online PC Support is the right choice for you. They can easily solve any issue you face related to varied version of Windows Operating System including Windows Vista.