There have been lots of M$’s sycophants spreading the word now. Vista II will save you…
When has M$ ever been on time?
Since Vista is still in beta, I think it would be better to call M$’s next release alpha software. The folks who bought Vista before SP1 certainly did not get release-quality software.
Those who are clinging to XP waiting for the next good release from M$ should better be planning a migration to MacOSX or GNU/Linux. The re-learning will cost a lot less than all the re-re-re-boots Vista II will cost. Even if their next release is Vista SP2 and is decent, do you really want a supplier of software who takes 8 years to get it right or a release early and often system that keeps an even keel? Go with GNU/Linux. It works for you, not against you.
Look at Debian. They are trying to release soon, too. see their bug-list. There, you get an honest description of the situation. If they can do a new release every year or two and get that kind of quality in more than 20000 packages, why would you even think of going with M$ with an unknown number and they do not hesitate to release show-stoppers like the long good-bye and DRM?
I am working in a place now where XP takes 45s to boot and two minutes to give a usable desktop. Do these guys really want to do anything with Vista II? Their oldest hardware will boot Debian in 45s and give a usable desktop in 2s. Vapourware will give them a huge bill and worse performance.