@ Doc.Caliban: I read through the whole article you linked. Here are some of my thoughts: The article effectively communicates that Vista's copyright protection software severely limits its functionality when used with many current devices. However, I disagree that it's essentially bad software from Microsoft's standpoint. The end result of all the protection software means that for the operating system to run well, it needs to run on hardware that has a faster central processor, more powerful graphics processor, more memory, more hard drive space, and new peripheral devices with new or upgraded connection methods. What does this mean for the computer industry? A boom in production and development so that hardware can be made that will work with the operating system. What does it mean for the recording and software industries? Executives will be able to dictate how millions of people access information, to the possible degree that every purchase is in essence a rental, since the execs have the power to continue charging customers to prolong usage. So the hardware people get more business from manufacturers who need to be compatible with Vista, and the software people get more business from being able to control access to their products. Microsoft, which is responsible for both these business booms, will get praised by these companies for stimulating the upswing in sales because they developed the necessity that precipitated the boom.