The desktop support group here would like to move the organization to Vista. Apparently, a lot of the compatibility programs are fixed (although, I understand not all of them.) But I have fairly simple needs: as long as I can run Office and Firefox, and access the LAN, I'm pretty much ready to do work.
So I've volunteered to be a "guinea pig" in the Vista test-rollout. They should be stopping by my office later today to upgrade me.
I'm being upgraded in place, which isn't typical here. Usually, the support folks just replace a desktop or laptop with another of the same "tier". But maybe the replacements aren't available right now? Anyway, they'll completely blow away my Windows XP system and re-install a fresh Windows Vista image. No upgrades.
I'll be curious to see if this fixes any of the problems I've seen in Windows since my move: printer setup, moving desktop icons, Windows Explorer not sorting icons, confusing dialogs, broken ctrl-backspace, to list a few. We'll see.
I'll post more later. Stay tuned.