the new MS office is a bigger pain, and is a nightmare to use, especially if you are used to 2003 like me. We've had to spend a fortune at work on a new email server to allow us run Outlook 2007 properly. Bill Gates has a lot to answer for!
I love Vista, I've had it since day 1 and it's been near enough faultless.
I work in IT and all my colleagues give me grief as they are all Vista haters!
I've also just built a vista media centre, it records tv, plays blu ray and hd-dvd, plays mp3's and displays photos.
My dvd player, sky box and freeview box are now all collecting dust!
Turn off all the Aero cr*p and over zealous security settings and it flies.
Don't knock it till youi've tried it
Nick - all that can be turned off.
It is set up from the box for anyones use, but if you know what you are doing, you can turn stuff off and just use the bits you need etc.