“Unless you’ve recently emerged from a coma, you know the consumer versions of Microsoft’s new Vista operating system ship Tuesday. Over the next few weeks, many people will try to convince you to move to Windows Vista, from design friends to product and software makers,” Mike Elgan blogs for Digit Magazine.

“This column is not a review of Windows Vista. I’m not here to tell you about Vista or what’s wrong with it,” Elgan writes. “This article is for those of you who are about to download or purchase Windows Vista and install it on a PC. I’m here to talk you out of it. Just say no to Windows Vista — for now. Here’s why.”

1. Vista is incomplete
2. Vista is expensive
3. Vista wants a new PC
4. Vista is time-consuming
5. Windows XP isn’t obsolete
6. Vista may be the best reason yet to buy a Mac

Elgan writes, “Under what circumstances should you “switch” to a Mac? Apple fans will tell you that the answer is obvious: If you want your system to crash less, run with fewer hassles and fewer security breaches, then buy a Mac. But that’s the Mac user’s world view.”

Elgan writes, “If you’re looking to make that decision from the PC users world view, here’s a more practical checklist.”

MacDailyNews Take: Elgan’s following checklist is obliterated by Apple Mac’s ability to run Windows via Apple’s Boot Camp and/or virtualization such as those offered by Parallels Desktop for Mac and VMWare Fusion.

Elgan writes: Consider switching to a Mac if:
• You’re not into PC gaming.
• You don’t have any Windows-only applications you’d still like to run without emulation.
• You don’t have major PC hardware investment — such as expensive flat-screen LCD displays — to take advantage of.
• You don’t have non-Mac applications that are required by your employer for working at home.

MacDailyNews Take: Again, all of Elgan’s four points above are meaningless in the face of Apple Mac’s ability to run Windows natively and/or via virtualization. All Apple Mac models allow for you to run “expensive flat-screen LCD displays” you might already own. So, get a Mac.

Elgan’s full article is here.

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