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Generic Poster
02-23-2007, 10:22 AM
I need a new computer, which means I guess I'm going to be stuck with Vista. Do programs of fairly recent vintage (Office, games, etc.) that worked on XP also work on Vista, or am I doomed to purchase all new software as well?

Lab-Rat
02-23-2007, 10:23 AM
No, you shouldbe fine. You shouldn't have to buy new software.

Generic Poster
02-23-2007, 10:30 AM
No, you shouldbe fine. You shouldn't have to buy new software.

Swell. Thanks.

allanpat
02-23-2007, 10:33 AM
I need a new computer, which means I guess I'm going to be stuck with Vista. Do programs of fairly recent vintage (Office, games, etc.) that worked on XP also work on Vista, or am I doomed to purchase all new software as well?

buy a mac

Brad N.
02-23-2007, 10:33 AM
No, you shouldbe fine. You shouldn't have to buy new software. unless he has everything on floppy...then he's hosed.

Generic Poster
02-23-2007, 10:34 AM
unless he has everything on floppy...then he's hosed.

Heh. No, I'm not that primitive.

Glenn H
02-23-2007, 10:35 AM
You don;t have to buy new software, but for Office I would recommend getting the new 2007 version as a lot of things have been changed and the "ribbon" does increase productivity

Generic Poster
02-23-2007, 10:37 AM
You don;t have to buy new software, but for Office I would recommend getting the new 2007 version as a lot of things have been changed and the "ribbon" does increase productivity

What is this "ribbon?" Does it have googley eyes and help me write letters?

Shane W
02-23-2007, 10:42 AM
buy a mac


yeah, that will solve the whole not having to buy new programs issue.

Cth
02-23-2007, 10:43 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Office_2007#Fluent_.28formerly_Ribbon.29

Fluent (formerly Ribbon)

The Ribbon, a panel that houses the command buttons and icons, organizes commands as a set of Tabs, each grouping relevant commands. Each application has a different set of tabs which expose the functionality that application offers. For example, while Excel has a tab for the Graphing capabilities, Word does not feature the same. Instead it has tabs to control the formatting of the document. Within each tab, various related options may be grouped together. The Ribbon is designed to make the features of the application more discoverable and accessible with fewer mouse clicks[5] as compared to the menu-based UI used until Office 2007.

Since January 23, Microsoft has used the name Microsoft Office Fluent to describe the Ribbon interface, as well as other interface additions[6], in Microsoft Office 2007. [7]


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/4c/Office2007ribbon.png


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ribbon_%28computing%29

Smokinblues
02-23-2007, 10:47 AM
there are some compatibility issues, but not many big ones. If you want xp I think gateway still has it as an option.

Cth
02-23-2007, 10:56 AM
The only problem I've had is Nero, and Vista includes burning software, so it's not that big of a deal.

Some older PDAs will have problems if they're not WM 2003 compatible since Vista has a new thing called ActiveSync.

You can upgrade the old PPCs so they can run WM 2003 though, so it's not that bad.

Smokinblues
02-23-2007, 11:20 AM
The only problem I've had is Nero, and Vista includes burning software, so it's not that big of a deal.

Some older PDAs will have problems if they're not WM 2003 compatible since Vista has a new thing called ActiveSync.

You can upgrade the old PPCs so they can run WM 2003 though, so it's not that bad.

activesync isn't new to vista, the mobile device center is new to vista. active sync was on xp too.

Cth
02-23-2007, 11:29 AM
Yeah that's what I meant to type ;)