Windows needs your permission to continue:
"Vista is trying to be shiny. Allow or Deny?"
I think that sums up Vista. (Running Ultimate)
In more words, and a more serious review of the new operating system:
Yes, it is shiny. No, the system I'm running it on only reaches 2.0 compatibility, the limit being the video card. So I don't think I'm seeing the full extent of the shiny-ness.
I've had to restart once, when it froze completely. I've also had to put it to sleep (a 2 minute long process) and wake it up again when the display wouldn't update other than the mouse.
There are a lot of permission questions: While it's good, kinda like proper firewall warning when something's trying to connect outside, I think normal users will start to ignore it after a while. And there's things like stopping updates that really shouldn't require the "Please, sir, may I do such and such?". And dimming the screen so only the permission dialogue is visible? Also unnecessary. Although I understand the reasoning behind it.
The new start menu is.. eh. Prettier, but I think I prefer seeing the entire list of programs, instead of having to scroll in that small space.
On the bright side, there hasn't been anything that I've run into that's really frustrated or annoyed me. So that's several points in Vista's favor. Of course, I'm only using this machine to do normal user stuff: none of the more geeky things, like installing Apache or MySQL... heck, everything on here that I've installed has been a Microsoft product.
Eww. I'm being converted. Dear computer gods, save me~ Crash my Vista box so that I may bask in the crappiness of Windows.