The latest builds of Windows Vista run faster, but will it be fast enough when it arrives on our desktops early next year?
The complaints about sluggish performance in Windows Vista keep growing. While it's unfair to point to beta software apps—or whatever Microsoft wants to call them—the warning flags are already evident.
A batch of complaints reached my inbox following my recent column looking at Apple's Mac OS X Leopard and Vista. One message, from reader Randall Asato, warned that folks thinking they can run Aero on older hardware will be out of luck.
Asato observed that the demo games of Mahjong and Solitaire included with the Beta ran "awfully slow," even with the drivers written for Vista. His system has a 2.8GHz Intel P4 processor, 768MB of memory and an ATI All-In-Wonder 2006 AGP, which he admits is not the most recent GPU, "but it's no slouch."