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New build brings enhancements to UAP and WinFS gets the boot

In its continuing efforts to improve its next generation operating system, Microsoft has released another interim build of Windows Vista to testers. Build 5456 is a rather large jump from Windows Vista Beta 2 (Build 5384.4) and offers a number of improvements which are sure to be welcomed by users. NeoSmart Blog reports:

Some of the new features include a revamped Aero/DWM subsystem, and a completely overhauled and significantly less obtrusive UAP for all those that couldn’t stand the previous one. From what we have been told by Microsoft, the Time Zone bug that plagued all most all previous builds of Windows Vista has been fixed and works great now, and quite a few fixes in the Regional Settings and IME are now implemented. And for the first time since Windows 3.0 Microsoft has finally announced that new mouse cursors will be made available for Windows - something they promised to do in XP with “Watercolors” but failed to deliver for internal reasons!

Of all of the improvements made to this build, the less intrusive User Access Protection (UAP) has to be on the biggest pluses. Vista's UAP scheme has been catching a lot of flak and Microsoft has seen it fit to gradually make the system less and less obnoxious.

Vista beta testers can download the new build immediately from the Windows Connect website. The rest of you folks will just have to wait until Microsoft releases another public build.

In other Vista news comes word that Microsoft has decided to drop its plans to offer Windows Future Storage (WinFS) as a future update to the operating system -- WinFS Beta 2 has been also cancelled. WinFS was the name for the new file system that was supposed to debut with the shipping version of Windows Vista. Over the course of Vista's long gestation period, WinFS was dropped from the feature count then later brought back to life when it was announced that the file system would be available at a later date as a system upgrade for Vista.

WinFS, which is based on Microsoft SQL Server technology, was supposed to do away with traditional file/folder hierarchy. From Betanews:

For example, no longer would documents need to be stored in My Documents or images in My Pictures; instead, Windows would simply display the files associated with a particular request on demand. In addition, WinFS could store structured data such as contacts, calendars and more.

As for the future of WinFS and other Windows technologies, lead programmer Quentin Clark goes on to air out his thoughts on his blog:

Of course, there are other aspects of the WinFS vision that we are continuing to incubate – areas not quite as mature as the work we are now targeting for Katmai and ADO.NET.   Since WinFS is no longer being delivered as a standalone software component, people will wonder what that means with respect to the Windows platform.  Just as Vista pushed forward on many aspects of the search and organize themes of the Longhorn WinFS effort, Windows will continue to adopt work as it's ready.  We will continue working the innovations, and as things mature they will find their way into the right product experiences – Windows and otherwise.  Having so much ready for SQL Server and ADO.NET is a big impact on the platform, and more will come.

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RE: Goodbye, MS
By Totalfixation on 6/25/2006 6:24:30 PM , Rating: 3
My god man, give the old boy some credit, first everyone complains about BSOD, and now its very stable. Now you guys are complaining about security? Give them some time, There have over millions of hardwares they have to try to adapt to, while making everything backwards compatible. In due time it will happen. I dont get why alot of people complain about Microsoft, and say they are going to switch. Well, i say fine switch to whatever you like, but in the end i know your going to switch back. Just put it simply MS is doing its best, under heavy competition and on top of that dealing with DAs in almost every state in the US, nevertheless Europe too.

Also wanted to add too. Apple has always left people in the dust, they never support older OS. Two clear examples was OS9 to OSX, OS 9 software was not compatible with OS X. Now with the switch to X86, it is leaving alot of people disappointed about there older software/performance.

I think MS is a great company and I hope they succeed, especial over google. I love there search engine, but i hate there unorganized collection of software. They dont have organized set of ways to use there programs, like MS with MS office and such. Thats just my opinion.

RE: Goodbye, MS
By lwright84 on 6/25/2006 7:23:06 PM , Rating: 1
i'm not sure what you're getting at, but apple OS9 applications run in "classic mode" on OSX, and powerpc based applications run in "rosetta mode" on the x86 platform. apple is pretty good about supporting older OS'.. granted the legacy items don't run at 100% performance (because of the OS emulation needed for compatibility), but they do work just fine.

RE: Goodbye, MS
By Oscarine on 6/25/2006 7:34:05 PM , Rating: 1
...forcing me to boot into System 9 is not exactly backwards compatibility. As for Rosetta... they should have named it Sludge or something equally befitting its speed

RE: Goodbye, MS
By psychobriggsy on 6/25/2006 7:59:03 PM , Rating: 1
You don't boot into OS9 to run classic applications on Mac OS X. You run the application. An OS9 environment / sandbox will execute to run your application. By now it would be a pretty old application, so it still won't take too long to load up - yes there would be an initial delay, but meh. In the long run I think it was the more sensible option, allowing Apple to move from a dire OS to a pretty good (desktop) OS.

And as for Rosetta, the performance is good enough for most applications, most useful applications are ported, with notable exceptions in Adobe (effectively forced to do a long-overdue code revamp) and Microsoft (Office).

As for Vista, it sounds less interesting each time I see a new story about its features. I'm sure most of the annoyances will be eradicated by release date however. I won't be leaping to get it when it comes out though.

RE: Goodbye, MS
By Burning Bridges on 6/26/2006 9:44:03 AM , Rating: 2
under heavy competition

OK, now name another operating system manufacturer who charges what MS does for the OS, who has a market share the size of that that MS has...

They have a monopoly (spelling?) on the market.

“We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone.” -- Steve Jobs
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