As with political issues, much confusion exists in technology between what is right and wrong. In the battle of “The most reliable and secure computer” to use, the biggest problem many experienced users have with Microsoft is how bloated and insecure it is (susceptible). It was noble on the part of Microsoft, to include more security in their recent operating system: Vista. The problem with Vista is it requires triple the ‘horsepower’ from your hardware compared to Windows XP.
Vista’s will be replaced by Windows 7. Microsoft has realized Vista has been a difficult transition for most consumers and businesses. Windows 7 early test editions (aka beta) has an agreement from EVERYONE that tries it and reviews it. It is fast. Faster to install, faster to start, faster to shut down.
In exchange for these features, Menlo Technologies recommends Windows 7 as the preferred upgrade to Windows XP Professional, as well as installing a reliable hardware firewall and a highly rated fee-based antivirus solution like eset.com’s Nod32 or BitDefender.
Menlo Technologies still cannot argue with the logic that Apple and Linux workstations and servers provide a higher return on investment (ROI) over the Windows option. This is especially evident due to the almost non-existent infections and security exploits in non-Microsoft environments.