Microsoft is not only delivering Windows Vista, an operating system tailored to a mobile lifestyle, but it is also prepared to offer guidance on the acquisition of a new computer. Microsoft offers a comprehensive breakdown of what users should expect their machine to do, in accordance with a range of prices from $500 to over $3,500. But in addition to price, Microsoft is offering advice on aspects such as weight, speed, storage, screen size, ports, video and graphics, CD/DVD and even operating system. As far as the platform is concerned, all that Microsoft recommends is Windows Vista. However, that is understandable, now that Windows XP's availability through the retail and OEM channels was discontinued at the end of June 2008, and Vista's precursor is only available on ultra-low-cost desktops and laptops, from system builders and via downgrade rights.
From the Windows Guide library, you can download the Windows Laptop Selector Buying Basics.