Click here for PC Advisor's review of Vista's built-in applications, an area in which the OS far surpasses Windows XP.
That's not to say it's perfect – far from it. Some may view the new interface as little more than fluff or be turned off by the intrusive User Account Control feature. Expect a long-running discourse between Vista lovers and haters. Which camp will you fall into?
We'll help you decide by looking at the new features of Windows Vista in depth. We show you: how the Aero interface revolutionises your view of Windows; how the Security Center attempts to put protection at the heart of the OS for the first time; and how finding files and even connecting to networks has never been easier.
The highly anticipated Windows Sidebar puts customisable information in front of you every time you look at your screen, while the Windows Calendar and Windows Mail should make day-to-day tasks slightly easier than in XP. But not all of Vista's bundled apps are worthy inclusions – click here to find out more.