This really is true. Vista is not as bad as its reputation. In part because it has improved much in the last 3 years. If you take out the new interface, 7 would easily have passed as Vista SP 3.
Good to hear. I haven't used vista since it first came out, and that's only because it came with my laptop. I couldn't switch to XP fast enough. and hten just jumped form XP to 7 and never looked at Vista seriously again. It always made me cringe. But if it has a lot of problems fixed, maybe I'll consider the free versions I get through my school.