Frankly, I'm still trying to form an opinion as to why we're being forced to the newest versions of Visual Studio and SQL Server for the Vista platform.  In fact, I'm trying to decide why I should even consider upgrading to Vista at all, once it launches.  I'd like your opinions and feedback.

Here are a couple other blogs that I read and have been helping me to formulate an opinion:

1. Euan Garden's blog.  His SQL myth busters entries are always fun and Euan sometimes even gives us an inside glimpse into the reasons Microsoft chose a specific course of action or set of features.
2. Roger Jenning's blog for Oakleaf Systems, such as this entry on Windows Vista support.
3. Brian Knight's blog .
4. Joshua Marinacci's blog, such as this entry.
... and many more.

There are a couple themes that seem to be coming up time and again.  First, that Vista is a nice evolutionary update, if not a revolutionary new OS, relative to Windows 2003 and XP.  Second, many of the intelligencia are tired of the rebuilds/reinstallations needed to support tinkering.  This bodes well for Citrix, because everyone is installing multiple images on their machines to host the various beta products in play, since they don't want to have to rebuild their main instance (as I once had to do -sigh-).  Third, Vista is just annoying enough for many long-term fans to have their opinions finally turn sour.  I'm not saying that a major shift is afoot, only that I see a lot of complaining and a lot of sour expressions over the taste of these new plans.

As for me?  Well, I'm still on the fence.  I haven't played with Vista much yet and don't really want to learn yet a new interface until I absolutely have to.  Still, some features are compelling.  So tell me where you stand?  Do the new features add enough value to make all of the additional changes worth it?  Or do the new features not surpass the extra work you'd have to do to be productive?

I look forward to hearing back from you.  If you'd rather not post public feedback, feel free to email me at Kevin_Kline@sqlpass.org.

Cheers!

-Kevin