Slate.com reports that the wait is almost over for the Windows Vista operating system. While Microsoft would have one believe that the world will be turned upside down with this release, some critics don’t agree. One critic for the Wall Street Journal called Vista “worthy, largely unexciting.” However, Slate’s Paul Boutin disagrees with both opinions. He argues that a quality operating system shouldn’t be centered on excitement. Rather, “like government,” it should protect against intruders, stay up and running, avoid ugly surprises, and mostly stay out of the way. According to Boutin, when judged against these standards, Vista is a success. Boutin believes that Vista has seriously upgraded the navigation of the Start menu, as well as arraigned for the implementations of “gadgets” such as calendars, CPU gauges, and calendars on the desktop. In addition, Vista tried to figure out your patterns of use with applications. So, a user’s eMail program and calendar will be up and running when a user logs on Monday morning, and anti-virus software won’t start up when you are coming back from lunch. Finally, Aero–the premium version of Vista–shows great improvement by implementing transparent windows, as well as solving the long-standing “ghost image” problem of Windows…