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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 Le Québécois on 11/9/2006 4:17:56 AM , Rating: 0
Here we go again like I said it would...Some moron did what another one did last time: he went to some of my previous posts in completely different topic and rated them down just so my rating could go down. How do I know that? All those posts rating just went down in 3-5 minutes or so, like the last time.

Very childish of you(the person who did that) but didn't you read. I don't care about my rating, you are just wasting your time. Or positive rating you could give to somebody who write somethings you DO like but hey, I guess once you've found yourself a target you don't even take the time to read others people posts and just shot it all you can.

I really hope someday that that rating system will go away like it did at some point on Anandtech forum's. Maybe that day peoples like you will post why they didn't like what a person said and not just rate them down.


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 ;)


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