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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: I'd buy Ultimate...
By mac noob on 11/8/2006 8:24:17 PM , Rating: -1
keep em coming
i got all day


RE: I'd buy Ultimate...
By sdsdv10 on 11/8/2006 10:13:43 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
by mac noob on November 8, 2006 at 8:24 PM
keep em coming
i got all day


Dear DT readers, I ask you, nay I beg you, please give this fine commenter, mac nood, all that he asks for and I will be eternally grateful. Indulge his paranoid fantasies regarding rogue commenters generating multiple logins just to down mod his insightful writings. I thank you.


RE: I'd buy Ultimate...
By Sharky974 on 11/9/2006 10:17:45 PM , Rating: 2
With google autofill, it takes like two seconds to sign up for most things.



RE: I'd buy Ultimate...
By sdsdv10 on 11/9/2006 11:16:56 PM , Rating: 2
Sharky974, sorry to drag you down into this but it isn't that simple. Daily Tech and anandtech.com use the same login registration system. So while you could you google autofill, the login system does not allow a user to register the same email address twice, nor does it allow users with email addresses from free sites like Yahoo, Google, Hotmail etc. You must have a valid and seperate email address from a ISP or work for each login registered. What does this mean, well it means that in addition to registering a minimun of three times here at Daily Tech the offender would need to set up three non-free email addresses. So would have to reiterate what was stated above, "do you really think someone has that much free time...?"


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