Benefits of Participating in the Trial
As you should know if you trial during a beta period, not only do you learn about the new software you can better contribute to fixes that will make it into the final product. Assuming you will eventually have to deploy Vista anyway, this should allow for a better experience when that time comes.
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Even if you decide not to, youll be able to back up the decision with solid work that youll be able to demonstrate if an executive questions your decision. It is always better to be informed, in any case, that way you are responding from a position of experience and less likely to be blindsided by something you dont know.
In the end, youll likely find Vista has improved substantially at the end of the SP1 trial. While it isnt perfect, it is better than Windows XP, particularly on new hardware. That information could help you take better advantage of what you likely are already paying for anyway.
To be clear, Im not suggesting you deploy, only that you get involved in the SP1 beta and reach the decision to deploy, or not. Also, that you contribute to the Beta process so the result, if you decide to deploy, better meets your needs and requirements.
Should you bring in Linux and the MacOS at the same time? Well, Leopard will be coming out and that would sure make the exercise more interesting and your feedback to Microsoft, and your executive staff, more valuable. Were it me I probably would. I personally think SuSe would be the best choice given Novells relationship with Microsoft, and Leopard is reported to be vastly better than any other Apple OS for this use.
Ive been using this since last December and, particularly on notebooks, it is vastly better than Windows XP SP 2, so you owe it to your folks to at least check out the SP1 Beta bits. So to answer the question in this articles title: SP1 is it time? Probably once SP1 goes gold, but only you will know for sure.