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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 sotti on 11/8/2006 2:58:10 PM , Rating: 2
It's because hardware vendors don't have their ducks in a line yet.

I have not seen a single final driver from any sound card or video card manufacturer.

MSDN and Business users get vista, not because they are going to start using them in production, but for testing purposes so that they can begin to really plan for the implementation of the OS as consumers get their hands on it.


RE: Why so long?
By GreenEnvt on 11/8/2006 3:15:12 PM , Rating: 3
Well no, Vista isn't out yet, so no one will have final drivers yet.

ATI/AMD have released Radeon beta drivers designed for the RTM/Gold build of Vista, that as close as you'll get until Vista is released.


RE: Why so long?
By sotti on 11/8/2006 4:09:14 PM , Rating: 2
Yes and if you look closely those are RTM Beta drivers.

Meaning yes, they are for the final version of vista, but the drivers themselves are still beta.


RE: Why so long?
By kkwst2 on 11/8/06, Rating: -1
RE: Why so long?
By Le Québécois on 11/8/06, Rating: -1
RE: Why so long?
By sotti on 11/8/2006 4:14:08 PM , Rating: 3
Not for driver development, but for them to test and find out where vista is interms of current drivers, compatibility with exsisting apps that the companies need, ect...

There is alot of testing that will need to be done before even a company of 100 could roll it out.

They release it early for companies so they can begin doing that kind of validation.


"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates

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