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Microsoft wraps up development of Windows Vista

Microsoft announced today that Windows Vista has been released to manufacturing. Vista will mark the first big shift in Microsoft consumer operating systems in over 5 years.

With Vista, Microsoft promises increased security with an improved firewall and Windows Defender and User Account Control. Other fresh additions include integrated desktop search, Internet Explorer 7.0, Windows Sidebar, Windows Sideshow, built-in system diagnostics, improved gaming support, fully integrated Speech Recognition as well as support for Windows SuperFetch, Windows ReadyBoost and Windows ReadyDrive.

Windows Vista will be available in four distinct retail versions:

  • Windows Vista Home Basic, $199/$99.95 (full/upgrade)
    Provides a basic platform for home users who want to keep tabs on email and Internet activity. Comes standard with Vista's new Search Explorer, Sidebar and Parental Controls.

  • Windows Vista Home Premium, $239/$159
    Builds on Home Basic by adding the Windows Aero interface, Windows Media Center functionality, Windows Tablet PC technology and integrated DVD burning.

  • Windows Vista Business, $299/$199
    Supports the Aero user interface, offers improved document managing and Windows Tablet PC functionality.

  • Windows Vista Ultimate, $399/$259
    Vista Ultimate combines the functionality of Vista Home Premium and Vista Business.

According to Neowin, the RTM version of Vista will be available for MSDN subscribers sometime after November 10, while businesses should begin receiving their copies on or shortly after November 30. Vista will be launched into the retail sector on January 30, 2007.

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RE: Why so long?
By Assimilator87 on 11/8/2006 2:56:55 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, there distribution methods are retarded. I'll probably try to get it before the retail launch because I still haven't tried it yet. Doesn't MS allow people to use pirated versions of Vista? I thought they just disabled the 3D features.

RE: Why so long?
By sotti on 11/8/2006 2:58:51 PM , Rating: 2
No after 30 days it almost completely locks you out of the OS.

RE: Why so long?
By Le Québécois on 11/8/2006 2:59:26 PM , Rating: 3
Pirates will always find a way, that I'm sure of it.

So belive me when I say their versions will be completely functional.

RE: Why so long?
By Le Québécois on 11/8/06, Rating: -1
RE: Why so long?
By Pirks on 11/8/06, Rating: 0
RE: Why so long?
By Le Québécois on 11/8/06, Rating: 0
RE: Why so long?
By Le Québécois on 11/8/06, Rating: 0
RE: Why so long?
By Le Québécois on 11/9/06, Rating: 0
RE: Why so long?
By Le Québécois on 11/9/06, Rating: 0
RE: Why so long?
By TomZ on 11/9/2006 5:52:05 PM , Rating: 3
I've had that done to me before also. But, like you, I don't give a shit about my rating either. I mean really, what's the point? If you say something that makes sense, people will recognize that and respond regardless of your cumulative rating. I think people should say what they think and if others don't like it, then fine, mod the post into oblivion - who cares.

RE: Why so long?
By Le Québécois on 11/10/06, Rating: 0
RE: Why so long?
By Pirks on 11/16/2006 9:44:13 PM , Rating: 3
cmon, tomz is just a lucky sob :))
it's a karma you know
it's just because he's tomz and not pirks or you ;)

RE: Why so long?
By Sharky974 on 11/9/2006 10:09:14 PM , Rating: 1
Yeah but it's getting more and more a pain in the ass.

Make no mistake pirates are losing this war. A certain small niche will still pirate, but it gets more and more difficult with WGA, and I'm betting Vista will make it more difficult yet

Hell, the current XP pirating tools suck. It'll be worse with Vista...

RE: Why so long?
By nunya on 11/9/2006 4:06:26 AM , Rating: 2
The way it was explained at a Microsoft event I attended was that a pirated copy will give you access to the internet and that's it. And the homepage it loads is a page with the option to buy a legit copy.

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