Editors' Note: This downloadable version of Windows Vista is an upgrade only. Users can upgrade to Windows Vista Business from Windows XP Pro, Windows XP Home, or Windows XP Tablet PC.
Windows Vista Business is the first Windows operating system designed specifically to meet the needs of small businesses. It helps your entire business work more effectively, stay connected (both in and out of the office), and better protect key information.
Backup tools (including the ability to recover prior versions of documents) and a host of security features help protect your PCs and information from accidents and attacks. Taking your PC with you is much easier. You can automatically connect to wireless networks and quickly adjust mobile settings, such as power options, from one location. From Instant Search and simpler file sharing to integrated fax and scanning, using Windows Vista Business will help you save time every day. Windows Vista Business includes features, such as simpler troubleshooting and support for domains, which can reduce your costs while increasing your long-term IT growth potential.
The bad: Windows Vista Business does not put Search on the desktop (it's buried within applications, within the Start Menu); no new software yet written exclusively for Windows Vista; optimized only for the Microsoft Windows ecosystem (for example, RSS feeds from Internet Explorer 7 get preferential treatment); no BitLocker drive encryption; no DVD Maker; and there are too many editions of Windows Vista.
The bottom line: Windows Vista Business is essentially warmed-over Windows XP. If you're currently happy with Windows XP SP2, we see no compelling reason to upgrade. On the other hand, if you need a new computer right now, Windows Vista is stable enough for everyday use. Reviewed by: Robert Vamosi; Reviewed on: 1/24/07; Release date: 1/30/07