One of the sessions I most wanted to attend was "Tricks of the Vista Masters." Let me be honest here: I wasn't looking for things that would make Vista do lots of new tricks, but rather things that would simply let Vista run a little (or, in a perfect world, a lot) better. Peter Bruzzese, the speaker in the session, seems quite thoroughly knowledgeable, but most of the presentation has been on teaching Vista new tricks. There are a couple of neat things he showed about analyzing the issues you might have in Vista, but nothing about how to really make it operate more like a production operating system.
I'm not sure whether that's because I'm the only user still having trouble with Vista, or because no one's figured out quite how to fix it yet, but I'm still a bit disheartened.
Vista still seems like a car with a really superb paint job and a 15-horse lawnmower engine under the hood. The bells and whistles are there, but the basics still need work.
More, later, when I find out that I'm wrong about all this...