Microsoft's Vista OS has had a rocky existence in the computing world. There is a hate/hate relationship with the media and the industry, and a long suffering "run from the room screaming" relationship from consumers.
I have always tried to discuss Vista in a less passionate way, mainly because I haven't really played with it. I use a old Powerbook as my main desktop, and have XP and Ubuntu on other computers at home and work. I don't see myself as an Apple fanboy, it is just that OSX just works, and after trouble shooting Windows boxes all day, it is nice to come home to something that works.
As mentioned, my exposure to Vista had been minimal until last night when I was asked to sort out a couple of problems on a friend's laptop. The problems ranged from: the laptop not working on the home wireless point - to email not working - to "Vista isn't compatible with my work email so how do I downgrade to XP?"