I just came back from a technology conference where I was BLOWN AWAY by the new Vista OS and Microsoft Office 2007 suite. Although it will not be released until January, I can't wait to get my hands on it. Many people seem to be dreading it....complaining that it will have bugs...but so did 2003...and w/ update...most have been dealt with. The cool thing about these programs that I noticed: 1. Microsoft Office 2007--the demonstration mainly used PowerPoint. A. The program was designed so that the normal, average user would take advantage of all of the options the program has to offer. Currently, we use only 25% of the available tools. B. To do this, the program realized what you are manipulating (i.e., if I'm typing in a text box it knows I am currently concerned with text...) and creates a ribbon at the top of the screen w/ every tool you could imagine that would go with that object (Bold, font, color, size, justification....). The cool thing is that all you have to do is "hover" over the option you want, and it will dynamically change the object before your eye instantly. The key words here are dynamically and instantly (there was NO fiddle time). To do this, the instructor explained that you will have to have a Vista ready computer=a really good video card and 1 GB of memory. 2. Vista OS A. To access a program, you could go the route of Start<All programs but you could also simply type in a small search box under start (the instructor did just "Wor" to get MS Word--he didn't even finish spelling it) and IMMEDIATELY (that means no litterly dog sniffing around for a minute or two) a list appeared organized into the following: Programs that matched the word, then documents, then E-MAILS (it will search your e-mails for you).... B. The instructor said that w/ Vista it will take advantage of what he called the "thumb twiddling" of a normal computer. What he meant was, have you ever opened a program and at times the program will go REALLY slow and other times it doesn't. This is probably due to the fact that the computer has chosen to do something behind the scenes (scan the hard drive, scan for spyware...) while you are working. With Vista, it will recognize that you are using it, make that a priority, and place the other activities on hold until you are done.) C. Another awesome thing he showed us was, have you ever had 4-9 windows opened at once, and found it difficult to navigate through them all? Well, first, w/ Vista you will be able to "hover" over the tab in the start bar and a small picture (thumbnail) of the window will appear. If that's not good enough, you can press another button, and INSTANTLY a 3-dimensional rolling Rolodex-like animation of the windows you have open will begin slowly moving in the middle of the desktop. You simply click the one you want. I could go on and on...but I am very excited. One of the funnier notes: a guy saw all this cool stuff and asked the instructor if there is a "classic view" button with these new programs. The instructor said sure...it's called XP and MS Office 2003.