When creating .gif using photoshop / gimp and not low end programs I've found it's quality to be fine. =< I wonder if GIMP will be able to edit an animated .png ... If it can, I should try converting an animated .png into an animated .gif and see if the difference really is noticeable.
Oooh... neat! I just learned a bit about the history of Windows! I was never really old enough to be Windows Smart until around the time XP came out. Even then, it took me until about when Vista came out to start REALLY getting computer smart.