Vista: To switch or not to switch?

Hello Everyone,

My employer is "making" me go to VISTA from XP.
Windows 7 has not been approved for use in our office. (Don't get me started
on explaining why not!)
Can anyone provide some valid reasons to use VISTA or to not use VISTA?
I am currently on JAWS 10 and have no more SMA left, so there may be the
need to purchase a newer version.
Is it known if Freedom Scientific is going to continue to support Vista? 
I plan to call and get their input Monday.
I just learned about this switch before I left work, so I didn't get time to
call them this evening.

I am a computer programmer.  I  use 3270 terminal emulation with Reflections
11 as the emulator.
They will be setting me up with VPN for Remote Access.
I need to access a lot of WORD, a bit of EXCEL, Outlook and the Internet for
my job.

Thanks for any support and feedback you can provide.

Always,
Barbara 

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