Will the Windows Vista be any better of a computer than its competitors?

I am not sure, but I think that you may be confusing the Windows Vista operating system with a type of computer. Any advaced computer with the proper amount of on-board Random Access Memory and a fast enough Central Processor Unit will be able to use this new operating system. I am not a fan of Microsoft, so I have not read up on the Vista version of Windows, but I would suppose that it is to be designed to make media manipulation and processing easier. If you want to download pictures from a digital camera, for instance, it may have the software needed already included, instead of having to install separate software just for the type of camera that you have. It remains to be seen how well the Vista operating system will compare with the Macintosh operating system used on Apple computers, and there are many people using Linux operating systems which work very effectively.