Windows Vista is a new and an improved operating system which was introduced to the general public by Microsoft on January 30, 2007. It offers several new and modified features from the graphical user interface called the Windows Aero to the new Windows DVD maker. Windows Aero is a redesigned user interface and is much appealing and vibrant than previous Windows versions. It contains glass-like transparencies, live icons and thumbnails and animations.
Other features of the Windows Vista include improved search and navigation tools, a data back up and restore centre, speech recognition applications and new safety and security components such as the Windows firewall, Windows Defender and even the Windows parental control. In addition, Vista includes the revamped Windows Media Player 11 to play songs and video as well as a Windows Photo gallery to manage and organize your photos.
While Windows Vista is getting growing attention from consumers and businesses, it is the target of negative criticisms as well. These criticisms include the extra long development time, more restrictive licensing terms etc. Users have also complained that there are similarities between the Vista's Aero interface and Apple's Aqua interface for the Mac OS X operating system. Questions have also been raised about the cost of the operating system as well as user account control.