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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 InsaneScientist on 11/8/2006 3:13:41 PM , Rating: 4
*sigh* I know, it bugs me too...

It does make sense, though, once you know the reason.

According to my understanding, what it boils down to is this: There is a certain amount of time that it takes companies like HP and Gateway to get their products out the door and onto store shelves.
If Microsoft couldn't have Vista done by at least August (I think... I might be off a bit), then those companies that build computers and ship them to brick and mortar stores would be at a serious disadvantage during the Christmas season when compared to purely online computer retailers (i.e. Dell) who could put Vista on everything during the Christmas season.

If you were a normal person, and you had the option of buying a computer that had XP, or a similar computer with a similar price, but that had Vista, which would you pick?

So they (HP, Gateway, etc.) complained, and sinct it was a valid complaint, Microsft postponed the consumer launch to after the Christmas season... in this case January 30th.

With Volume Licence customers, though, that's not an issue, so Microsoft is going ahead and releasing it to them now. (In my opinion, a smart move... because by the time the Retail version comes out, some of the initial bugs will probably have been found and patched.

RE: Why so long?
By Le Québécois on 11/8/06, Rating: 0
RE: Why so long?
By Pirks on 11/8/2006 5:23:19 PM , Rating: 1
why would ms care about pirates _in this case_? pirates actually do good to vista - they promote it! look at any common bittorrent guy - he has the opportunity to test pirated RTM right now, not waiting for january. so there is a chance this guy will like vista so much that he goes out and purchases it in january - ms wins!

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