You can find some nifty new Vista tools on the web. Two of them I will mention here; sidebar and a Photo organizer/editing tool (Microsoft Max). You can find Microsoft Max at this site where you can download a version. It reminds me a bit off Picasa. The free Google tool (link). I personally use Adobe Photoshop Elements and I like it very much.
The other thing I would like to point you too is Sidebars. Usefull if you have a big screen, not if you work on a laptop of tablet PC (like I do). (Link)