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Vista development is in full swing

Microsoft is steaming forward with the development of Windows Vista. Just last week the company released an interim build, 5536, to beta testers. Today, the company has uploaded Vista RC1 for testers to try out. RC1 is available for users running 32-bit processors as well as x86-64 processors.

Seeing as how this is a major milestone for the development of Windows Vista, Microsoft Platforms and Services Co-President Jim Allchin had a few words to say about the release:

You’ll notice a lot of improvements since Beta 2.  We’ve made some UI adjustments, added more device drivers, and enhanced performance.  We’re not done yet, however — quality will continue to improve.  We’ll keep plugging away on application compatibility, as well as fit and finish, until RTM.  If you are an ISV, RC1 is the build you should use for certifying your application. The operating system is in great shape with RC1, but there’s still a lot of testing to do.  You’ve come through for us so far, and I’m asking you to once again put the pedal to the metal and send us feedback.  Windows Vista is going to touch hundreds of millions of lives all around the world.  Thanks for everything you’re doing to help us give them the best experience possible.

It should also be noted that Amazon earlier this weekend leaked pricing details for Vista along with a suggested January 30 launch date. The operating system will range from $199/$99.95 for Vista Home Basic to $399/$259 for Vista Ultimate (Full/Upgrade).

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preRC-1 build 5536
By proamerica on 9/2/2006 3:51:55 PM , Rating: 2
I've been using this build for a few days now and it's worked surprisingly well. As another user noted it's quite snappy on the whole, though programs don't load as quickly as they do in XP. I am running it with all the Aero Glass effects though. I performed an upgrade from XP and surprisingly all of my software still works. My only complaint is that 3D performance seems significantly reduced though I imagine that has something to do with ATI's Vista beta drivers. Lets hope so anyway. Right now I am not even getting half of the 3D performance I had on XP when using MAYA.

There are some cool programs included in the Ultimate Edition as well. One that is actually pretty fun is called Windows Movie Maker. Basically it lets you slap a bunch images onto a timeline and add effects and transitions to make a video collage. Then you can burn it to DVD, or just export it as a video file. Using it was a piece of cake, beyond easy. And the results were good for what it is. I thought it was neat and it would be even neater if they let you set the created video as a screen saver or if you could use that sequence of images as a screen saver.

Overall I am impressed with the speed and fluidity of how things work in Vista. My CPU is just an X2 3800 and it handles the OS easily. This is the operating system I think we should have expected from Microsoft instead of Windows XP.

RE: preRC-1 build 5536
By Laitainion on 9/2/2006 8:00:25 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know, XP is still (I think) a damn good OS, there are a number of things in there that, when I go back to 2000 or other version of Windows I find myself missing. The main one, though, is integrated zip support. The different types of folders are good too (yes, I know 2000 had them too, but the ones in XP are better imo) and the context sensitive commands in the side panel with XP are good as well I think. Vista is definitely an improvement again, but I don't think we should be selling XP short.

RE: preRC-1 build 5536
By HammerFan on 9/3/2006 10:23:35 PM , Rating: 2
I agree that XP is still an excellent OS for numerous reasons. The main one is that it supports a piece of USB hardware that is required for my laptop to maintain connectiviy with my external HDD. Vista's hardware analyzing tool says that it (Vista) does not, and I can't find drivers for it, or for my LaserJet 1018. Until I can get a complete set of drivers, my copy of Vista RC-1 will sit on a DVD in my CD case.

btw, does anyone know if Vista drivers exist for this: "SiS PCI to USB Enhanced Host Controller" It is built into my ABS G3, so adding USB controllers isn't an option. TIA if anyone knows of new drivers for said hardware.

RE: preRC-1 build 5536
By QueBert on 9/4/2006 1:41:18 PM , Rating: 2
you say "just an X2 3800" like that's a lower end CPU :) MS is going to have to have Vista running well on a lot less CPU then that if they want to make the masses happy.

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