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Usability Review Of Windows Vista And Firefox

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Usability Review of Windows Vista and FirefoxNova Southeastern UniversityJuly 22, 2007Table of ContentsWindows Vista . . . . . . .. . 3-6Firefox. . . . . . .. ……….7-9References . . . . .. ……………… 10-11Windows VistaWindows Vista is Microsoft's newest operating system in five years. It was one of the largest software projects ever. It was to be the greatest operating system (os) ever. According to Microsoft (2007) Vista is offered in five different editions: Windows Vista Ultimate is the choice for those who want to have it all. Easily shift between the worlds of productivity and play with the most complete edition of Windows Vista. Windows Vista Home Premium is the preferred edition for home desktop and mobile PCs. It provides a breakthrough design that brings your world into sharper focus while delivering the productivity, entertainment, and security you need from your PC at home or on the go.Windows Vista Home Basic is ideal for homes with basic computing needs like e-mail, browsing the Internet, and viewing photos. Windows Vista Business is the first edition of Windows designed specifically to meet the needs of small businesses. Designed to significantly lower IT costs and risks, Windows Vista Enterprise meets the needs of large, global organizations with complex IT infrastructures.The version of vista that I had the pleasure of using was home premium.I was able to use a laptop that had it preinstalled. One of the issues that vista had was that it would require top of the line hardware to run optimally. Users that wanted to install vista on their current PC'S would have to also install more memory, a faster video card and a bigger hard drive. While many computers in use today could update and run the new operating system, they'll be able to run it vista basic. This means that it will work, but it will be very slow. I have seen it run on less than optimal PC'S and it is a headache to use. Older laptops in particular are also unlikely to be able to run Vista well at all.Another problem that I experienced was with laptops. Vista has a feature called Aero. Wikipedia (2007) aero is the graphical user interface for Windows Vista. Its name is an acronym for Authentic, Energetic, Reflective and Open. Intended to be a cleaner, more powerful, more efficient and more aesthetically pleasing user interface, it includes new transparencies, live thumbnails, live icons, animations and eye candy. It replaces the Luna visual theme of its predecessor, Windows XP. While this interface is eye pleasing, laptops running Windows Vista Aero had significantly reduced battery life. This feature is able to be turned off which is a nice option.The problem with vista that really bugged me was the missing drivers and software issues. There is a plethora of aftermarket software and hardware that are not compatible with vista. People that are new to the computer world do not have much to...

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