With the heightened security measures introduced with SP2, there's now even more reason to make the change.
But beyond that, the 'fancy effects' go way beyond mere 'eye candy'. Before making a judgement, get yourself near a freshly installed Windows XP box (one where there hasn't already been some idiot come along and disable features) and then start doing a few things like:
- pop a blank CD in the burner
- take a few snaps and then hook the digital camera up to the USB port
- hook it up to another PC and see just how simple network setup is. Try the wireless networking setup. That's even more of a buzz.
- scan a few snapshots into the machine (hey, looky-look, there's a wizard for that too - you don't need software. Bung 'em in 'My Pics' somewhere, then show 'em off as a slideshow or, oh my! there's an option there to bung 'em straight on a CD to send to someone else!
There's more than that, of course. Lots of little tricky toys to play with. They're rather rudimentary in nature, admittedly, but when you consider it the vast majority of everyday computing consists of using sophisticated tools for rudimentary tasks. I've found that the various Wizards etc. in XP have been adequate for much more than I ever dreamt possible, and I've never had PC systems with so few software tools needing to be installed ;)