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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: Upgrade to vista ultimate
By vanka on 11/8/2006 3:04:30 PM , Rating: 3
um no
there is no way to upgrade to ultimate

its a totally different install than the other versions of vista

Yeah, you're right; Microsoft had nothing better to do (and the time to do it, since you know Vista is ahead of schedule) than to create a completely different install for Vista Ultimate. Never mind that Microsoft has released information establishing the existence of a Vista Ultimate Upgrade SKU, you obviously know more than Microsoft about their product editions. </sarcasm>

Here's the break down on Vista upgrades:
+Products eligible for Vista upgrade pricing:
-Windows XP (all versions)
-Windows 2000 Professional (not sure about server versions)
+Upgrade details
-XP will be able to be upgraded to Vista
-Users of Win2k will be required to perform a clean install, even if they purchased the upgrade SKU

Break down of Vista Express Upgrade program:
XP Home -> Vista Home Basic
XP MCE -> Vista Home Premium
XP Pro -> Vista Business
XP Tablet -> Vista Business
There is no upgrade to Vista Ultimate through the Express Upgrade program because there is no comparable XP version.

RE: Upgrade to vista ultimate
By RaptorEye on 11/8/2006 8:12:17 PM , Rating: 2
Does this include XP Home Edition Upgrade Version, i bought that as a upgrade from 98SE, but I'm wondering if u can upgrade from a upgrade version... P:

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