Items tagged with Windows Vista

I looked at this story and wondered if it was months old.  I mean, at this point, with Windows Vista being released in January, and this story basically addressing whether or not adoption by corporations would be quick - how could it be quick after all these months?   I suppose the reality is that the original prediction for quick adoption was made in comparison with Windows XP adoption in its first year. In September, Brad Goldberg, general manager for Windows Client product management, predicted that Vista would be put in use by twice as many businesses in the first year as Windows XP was in the 12 months following its October 2001 release."IT managers are finding themselves pulling... Read more...
Way back in April, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Microsoft, alleging that Microsoft used deceptive marketing practices when it allowed computer and other hardware makers to use the term "Windows Vista Capable" on their items, when in fact the hardware was unusable with Vista.  The suit really centers around personal computers labeled as "Windows Vista Capable" before the operating system released in January. A judge has ruled that the lawsuit can proceed and set a court date for October. Seattle District Court Judge Marsha Pechman on Tuesday rejected Microsoft's request for a dismissal of the case. Microsoft had argued that the plaintiffs, Dianne Kelley and Kenneth Hansen, lacked... Read more...
Microsoft boasts that Windows Vista is possibly one of the most secure operating systems to date and sports a plethora of security orientated features, but pirate organization Paradox is still giving the new OS a run for its money. Paradox's new crack installs and fully activates Windows Vista without the product ever contacting Microsoft to verify the installation. The crack exploits special product keys used for installing Vista on distributor machines quickly and easily without 'phoning home' while emulating special BIOS code which allows Vista to be installed on any hardware . Microsoft claims eventually it will find these illegal installations by... Read more...
VIA Announces Broadest Chipset Support for Microsoft Windows Vista Latest VIA chipsets for Intel, AMD and VIA C7 processors earn Windows Vista certification by Windows Vista Logo program Taipei, Taiwan, 29 January 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today confirmed the most comprehensive and flexible range of core logic solutions for Vista-based systems across all the major processor platforms for motherboard, PC, server and device manufacturers. Five of VIA's leading edge IGP chipsets have received the Windows Vista Basic logo from Microsoft: the VIA K8M890 and the VIA P4M900 for the latest mainstream AMD... Read more...
AMD and Microsoft Collaboration Enables World-class Windows Vista Experience - Newly Released ATI Catalyst 7.1 Provides Performance and Stability for Advanced Graphics with New Microsoft Operating System - SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 29, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today detailed the hardware and supporting software technologies to deliver the highest levels of performance, stability and application compatibility for Microsoft Windows Vista users. Based on an unprecedented collaboration between Microsoft and AMD, Windows Vista harnesses AMD silicon and software to deliver truly immersive computing experiences, new tools for creating and sharing multimedia content and enhanced capabilities for locating... Read more...
Microsoft's Windows Vista is only weeks away from public consumption, so it's time to start getting informed on all of the new features and intricacies of the new OS, if you haven't already done so that is.  APC Magazine has an informative article on-line today dealing with Vista's new image-based installation process. "Vista's installation process is dramatically different to any previous version of Windows: rather than being an 'installer', the install DVD is actually a preinstalled copy of Windows that simply gets decompressed onto your PC. So how does it adjust to your hardware? How do you slipstream updates and drivers into it? Can you also 'preinstall' your favourite... Read more...
Finally someone asks the correct question about Microsoft's new Vista OS. It's not "How well does it work?" It should be: "How well will it work on the musty old rig I'm going to try to run it on?" Arstechnica does us all a favor and tests Vista on three different computers, including "Momma's five year old workhorse." The Vista train is running full steam to its release date on November 30 to businesses and January 30, 2007 to store shelves. Is Vista really ready? That depends on what it will be ready for. We expect that the biggest headache for users will be so-called in-place upgrades. While Vista was reasonable on all the machines where we performed... Read more...
Windows isn't exactly known as the most secure OS at the moment, which is why Microsoft has gone to great lengths to improve all aspects of security in Windows Vista. Microsoft has coded Vista in such a way that traditional viruses would have a tuff time of compromising multiple machines, thanks in part to the new ASLR (Address Space [Layout] Randomization) feature. Though no system is perfect, Microsoft co-president Jim Allchin is still optimistic about the new security features found in Vista. "I'll give you an example: It's my favorite feature within Windows Vista, it's called ASLR (Address Space [Layout] Randomization). What it... Read more...
Microsoft and Intel help System Builders get ready for Windows Vista, the 2007 Office System and Intel Core 2 Duo processors REDMOND, Wash. - October 12, 2006 - Intel Corporation and Microsoft Corp. today announced the Ready 2 Rock Road Show, a series of day-long, hands-on events designed to help system builders make the most of myriad business opportunities afforded them by new and innovative products and technologies from Microsoft and Intel. The road show, to be held in 23 cities across the U.S. and Canada, will help system builders be more competitive in the marketplace by providing the training and technical content they need to build and sell customized solutions based on the most powerful... Read more...
WindowsITPro is reporting that Microsoft is planning on releasing Vista Release Candidate 2 (RC2) on Friday!  This release should be the last version before RTM (Release to Manufacturing) which is slated for late October or early November.   Microsoft will ship the final prerelease version of Windows Vista on Friday and, unexpectedly, will name the new version Release Candidate 2 (RC2). (Microsoft had stated earlier that it wouldn't ship an RC2 milestone release of Vista.) But don't let the name fool you. RC2 is really just a standard interim build of Vista, but unlike RC1, it won't be distributed to millions of users.... Read more...
There's been some speculation about prices for the various Windows Vista builds, but today Microsoft has announced the official retail prices for their next operating system. Vista Ultimate - $399 (XP Upgrade - $259) Vista Business - $299 (XP Upgrade - $199) Vista Home Premium - $239 (XP Upgrade - $159) Vista Home Basic - $199 (XP Upgrade - $99)   "Current customer preview program participants will be able to access the latest Vista test code beginning this week. Microsoft will open the program to new participants in the coming days, it says. Vista RC1 will post to the company's MSDN and TechNet Web sites for subscriber download this week. In addition, Microsoft says... Read more...
Microsoft's Windows Vista is getting closer and closer to its release date early next year. The first release candidate is out, and ZDNet has a review of how the new OS is progressing. Containing much more than what Windows Vista Beta 2 had, RC1 is a step in the right direction, but there's still room for improvement, and we may end up seeing RC2 before the final release of the OS. "Microsoft has released Windows Vista Release Candidate 1, but without the big media splash the software giant made back in 2001 with the release of Windows XP RC1. The first builds of Windows Vista RC1 have been released to about half a million Technical... Read more...
There's no word on these being any kind of official prices, but Amazon.com has given some price indications on various builds of Windows Vista. According to the site, Windows Vista Ultimate will retail for around $400, while the Home version will cost $239. The cheapest package is the $99 Basic upgrade from Windows XP.... Read more...
Would Microsoft ever forget about it's core set of free games like Minesweeper, Solitaire, and Hearts? Of course not. But they have given them a bit of a touch-up job, which is no surprise considering the emphasis their putting on the OS' looks. In one of their latest articles, GameSpot checks out Vista's version of the Window classics, and also covers some new games(Finally, Chess). "Windows Vista's updated DirectX 10 API promises to give us better-looking and better-playing games by allowing game developers to get more performance out of the PC system, but Vista isn't only going to help improve those $50 games. Microsoft... Read more...
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