Of course businesses are going to wait a while to upgrade to Vista-they have hundreds, if not thousands of apps and hardware configurations to fully regression test and confirm stability on. Hell, I know of companies that are still in the process of rolling out XP on their 2000 base. Corporate realities are always going to be different than typical end-user requirements, which is what the discussion was initially about (a user stated they were getting a new laptop for personal use and were curious what OS they should order on it).
The funny thing is, you could have read this exact same thread when XP came out, yet now everyone is saying how superior XP is over Vista. Sadly, the same rules apply now as they did then-IF you are using new hardware that is fully supported and IF the software you require for your day-to-day operations has been upgraded by the vendor to work with the new OS, it’s the better choice.
From my experience, Vista is the most stable OS I’ve seen come out of Redmond yet-I haven’t had a single issue that I haven’t been able to directly trace to a third-party problem.
Granted, I’m using high-end equipment in a custom built system and I know better than most how to avoid problems with my computer-I think I’m one of the few people on the planet who had a good experience with Windows ME, because I knew how to maintain my system and avoid many of the pitfalls that vexed so many. But from my experience with the general public, the biggest complaint seems to be “I’m tired of Vista always asking me if I’m sure I want to do something”-a fifteen second configuration change later and they can’t stop gushing about how much they love the new OS.