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Teddy Rogers
After long waits, bets and confusing statements, Microsoft has finally announced the official launch date for the long-awaited Windows Vista, the successor of the old Windows XP.

Consumers hoping to receive the new OS as a Christmas gift will be disappointed to find out that Vista will be available starting January 2007, not the end of 2006, as it was initially announced.

As Microsoft says in a press release, Vista will be available in November 2006, but only for businesses, this measure being aimed at giving them time to implement the new operating system.

“Product quality and a great out-of-box experience have been two of our key drivers for Windows Vista, and we are on track to deliver on both,” said Jim Allchin, co-president for the Platforms & Services Division at Microsoft.

“But the industry requires greater lead time to deliver Windows Vista on new PCs during holiday. We must optimize for the industry, so we’ve decided to separate business and consumer availability,” he added.

The companies were pleased with Microsoft’s decision to delay the availability for the consumer segment, and said that they will offer consumer numerous offers and services after the New Year.

“A January launch of Windows Vista allows us to execute in a consistent way throughout the holidays, and will provide the right opportunity for a large, exciting launch industrywide after the New Year,” said Todd Bradley, executive vice president of the Personal Systems Group at Hewlett Packard.

“We agree with Microsoft that it’s best to do this right, and in this case it’s delivering Windows Vista-based PCs with confidence in January 2007,” stated Ron Boire, executive vice president and general merchandising manager at Best Buy.

The six Vista versions were announced at the end of February, the lineup consisting of Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate and Windows Vista Starter.

Ted.

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JaZoo

Lets seeeeee :P

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Gunslinger

i would say that while they would like to be able to "lock" hardware in the event of suspected priated serials etc that should they go ahead and try it and have even one "accident" and cause a large'ish companies computers to go down that have legitimate copies installed, the subsiquent lawsuits and compensation payouts would probably be enough to make even billy boy notice a dent in his annual shares returns, let alone the possible lawsuits that might also follow for the deliberate and malicious damage caused to the business/personal property.

so while they would like to i can't see it happening they have too much to lose

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Guest NoFeary

Yeah it does appear that when Vista is released (earliest date November although most likely February 2007) it will come on a single DVD. The serial number purchased will then "Activate" the relevant version of software.

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Guest Hawk7

I've seen pirated serial key's for this already

on 9down. I wonder how well there working? Hmm

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Locksmith

h**p://www.regdeveloper.co.uk/2006/04/04/ms_still_under_fire/

a differant view point from many here but he does raise some good issues.

remember when we had the bbc micro, amiga, commodore, tandy, spectrum, dragon64 all incompatible with each other. M$ bought us unified hardware, a standard set of API's mostly well documented, and a GUI that was easy to navigate and quick to pick up.

now we have a OS that allows me to network with novell & linux relativly easily and most importantly will run on the same hardware.

on a personal note im not running Vista until i have to as it has nothing really compelling to make the move worthwhile

the point im trying to make is while we may knock billy in certain circles his company has done a lot to put us where we are today, doing things we take for granted each day and no longer have to set the volume 'just right' to get the damm game to load

PS any one remember

Elite - loved that game

daredevil dennis

manic minor

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Teddy Rogers
Despite Vista’s delay and the suite of news related to it, Microsoft returns with more announcements regarding the new operating system, which are everything but pleasant.

One of Vista’s most expected features is the Aero GUI, which promises some jaw-dropping effects. However, not everybody will benefit from the mind-boggling interface.

As part of the efforts to stop the piracy phenomenon from ruining the software producers’ incomes, Microsoft will check every time if it deals with a genuine version. If the copy is pirated, Vista will not install Aero on the computer.

But that is not the extremely unpleasant news about Vista, but the fact that Microsoft has decided to do the same with stripped-down editions of Windows and low-end computers.

CNET News writes that users whose computers do not meet the hardware requirements imposed by Vista or have purchased Vista Basic won’t benefit from Aero.

Vista will check if the PC has enough memory, enough graphics power and if the graphics chip supports the new driver. Should one of this checks fail, the famous GUI will not be installed.

To get a better idea of the requirements imposed by Windows Vista, Microsoft says that a single display of 1280-by-1024 pixels or less, for example, must have 64MB of graphics memory. The amount of memory increases proportionally with the monitor’s diagonal and with their number.

Related to Vista, a Gartner report recently concluded that the large corporations are not ready to switch to the new OS and that they will need considerable financial resources to do this.

Ted.

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Guest T3chn0fr3ak

the question is: which normal costumer (not the companys) buy windows vista ??

with this system u cant backup ur movies oder games

that sucks

as far as i know there are protections to avoid copying ur game movies etc

Edited by T3chn0fr3ak (see edit history)

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Teddy Rogers
Microsoft unveiled yesterday at NAB2006 (National Association of Broadcasters convention) the Windows Vista innovations through which the company hopes it will transform the OS into the ultimate PC platform for creation, distribution and consumer experience.

“With Windows Vista, we went back to the drawing board to create a premier platform for audio and video. Whether you are a music producer, post-production house or television studio, you will find that Windows Vista is an incredibly powerful tool for the future of content creation, delivery and playback,” said Amir Majidimehr, corporate vice president of Windows Digital Media Division at Microsoft.

Here are some important audio/video improvements:

- Glitch resilience: Windows Vista includes the ability to raise the priority of audio and video processes, therefore delivering a platform that is far more glitch resilient.

- High fidelity: the OS will have 32-bit floating point by default in the core of the audio system, allow for much higher-quality digital signal processing and support for up to 144 dB signal-to-noise ratio with bit-for-bit sample level accuracy.

- Device roles: A single PC may have several devices or peripherals connected to it to facilitate each of these scenarios. Windows Vista will ease the setup of these devices by providing device roles in three initial categories: general, music and movies, and communication. This will allow specific applications to output content through specific devices, for example, e-mail alerts through a headset or music playback through high-fidelity surround-sound speakers.

- Per-application volume. Windows Vista will offer per-application volume control, so system sounds and other applications can be easily differentiated.

Aside from these, Microsoft also made the first demonstration of the Windows Media Center Presentation Layer, which allows developers to leverage the same rendering technologies that are in Windows Media Center and the Microsoft .NET Framework to create visually stunning “ten-foot” applications that are easier to build, manage and deploy, and Hosted WinFX XAML Browser Applications (XBAP), which allow Media Center developers to leverage the power of the Microsoft WinFX platform and tools to create rich interactive services for the home.

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Teddy Rogers
Good news for the users whose main hobby (or job) is to test the latest products from Microsoft, especially those who download and install all the beta versions of the Redmond giant’s new operating system.

Paul Thurrott revealed on Saturday that Microsoft released the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the new build, 5381.1, which represents the preview of Windows Vista’s second beta.

The same Thurrott said at the end of March that the RC1 will be released on August 25 and that the RTM (ready to manufacture) version is scheduled for October 25.

The Beta 2 for Windows Vista is scheduled for release sometime in the May 22-24 period.

The changes in the release schedule occurred when Microsoft delayed the OS from the end of 2006 to early January 2007, a decision which removed Vista from the Christmas gift list.

As we reported in early April, the first people to see Vista’s official face are the Israelis, when Microsoft will showcase the new OS at Tech-Ed Israel 2006, scheduled to take place at Eilat during May 9-11.

The person who will make the presentation and talk about Vista is Steven Sinofsky, appointed head of Windows development team after the last delay.

Ted.

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Teddy Rogers
A new report regarding Vista’s success on the enterprise market blankets the OS with doubts and brings into discussion the much praised security.

A study carried out by the Yankee Group warns that the Vista security features might prevent companies from switching to it.

The conclusions of the Yankee Group report are the result of the feedback received from a large number of users who have been testing all the betas so far and have said that the security features could scare administrators and users away.

According to BetaNews, the report’s author, Andy Jaquith specifically pointed to the user account feature as an area of greatest concern. The way the feature was implemented in that release was too strict and poses a potential problem, Jaquith warned.

This latest report comes to complete the image created by two previous Gartner studies. The first one concluded that for many large companies, it would not be possible to fully justify the cost of a full forklift migration of all PCs.

The second one, which has been criticized by many experts, said that Microsoft could delay Vista again, Gartner believing that Windows Vista will be available somewhere in the second quarter of 2007. This would be due to the necessary time between the Beta 2 and the final release.

Ted.

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Teddy Rogers
In order to lure more Windows users to the new OS, recently delayed to January 2007, Microsoft announced yesterday at Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) the gaming tiles for Vista.

Not wanting to leave any genre behind, Microsoft Game Studios, Electronic Arts, Namco Bandai, THQ and Funcom will release titles for all gamers to enjoy. Vista users will be able to play RPGs (Role Playing Game), FPSs (First-Person Shooter), RTSs (Real Time Strategy), MMOs (Massively Multiplayer Online) and simulators.

Here are some of the most important gaming titles for Vista:

-“Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures” (Funcom) is an online action-RPG with a mix of a deep, story-driven single-player experience and massive and brutal multiplayer end game, bringing to life the ultimate representation of the “Age of Conan.”

- “Alan Wake” (Microsoft Game Studios) is a psychological action thriller from Remedy Entertainment Ltd. Cited as one of the best titles of E3 2005, “Alan Wake” introduces a deeply engaging and suspenseful story line in a free-roaming open world that invites players to unravel the riveting plot and experience intense combat that combines the use of light with more conventional weapons.

- “Company of Heroes” (THQ) is a World War II RTS from Relic Entertainment, the creators of game-of-the-year winners “Homeworld” and “Dawn of War,” that brings the cinematic intensity and dynamic battlefields of World War II to life through a truly visceral gaming experience.

-“Crysis” (EA) is an original FPS based on new intellectual property developed by Crytek, the makers of the award-winning “Far Cry.” In Crysis, players battle an invading alien force in a number of environments against a backdrop of rising international tension and rivalries.

- “Flight Simulator X” (Microsoft Game Studios) is the 10th edition of the popular simulator that immerses players in a beautifully rich and realistic world, offering gamers a completely new and innovative experience with dozens of new aircraft, scenario-based missions and spectacular graphics.

- “Halo 2 for Windows Vista” (Microsoft Game Studios), the game that redefined first-person combat and multiplayer action for millions of gamers worldwide, is set to explode onto Windows Vista.

- “Hellgate: London” (NAMCO BANDAI Games America) is an action-RPG that combines the depth of third-person role-playing games with the action of first-person shooters. Developed by Flagship Studios Inc., which includes the creators of the revolutionary “Diablo” series, the game offers infinite playability through dynamically generated levels, items, enemies and events.

- “Shadowrun” (Microsoft Game Studios) brings the Microsoft vision of “Live Anywhere” to life. “Shadowrun” from FASA Studio is the first cross-platform game for Xbox 360 and Windows Vista. It is a multiplayer, FPS that propels team-based combat into a new dimension with a revolutionary blend of modern weaponry and ancient magic. “Shadowrun” will be available when Windows Vista is launched.

Aside from the above titles, Microsoft also offered a demonstration of DirectX 10’s capabilities, which will debut exclusively on Windows Vista.

Ted.

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