Microsoft Windows Vista: an expert view

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Microsoft: Windows Vista

With the arrival of Windows Vista, Microsoft has continued to add innovation to its ubiquitous Windows operating system family. Windows Vista has hundreds of new features and follows Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 98 and Windows 95, with each new version growing more graphically intensive and feature rich.

There are two business versions of Vista available, Windows Vista Business for organisations of all sizes, and Windows Vista Enterprise, which is only available to Microsoft Software Assurance members.

Windows Vista is the most graphically demanding of the Windows product family, and features a new Windows Aero interface which introduces 3D, transparent windows, and other graphical innovations.

Vista also has improved searching, better multimedia support and new security features designed to improve on Windows XP and older versions of Windows, which were frequently hacked by malicious web users.

Because of Vista’s new features, Microsoft recommends that users run it on PCs with a minimum of 512MB RAM for the basic Vista ‘experience’ but ideally a dual-core or Intel Pentium- class processor with a minimum of 1GB memory, plus a premium graphics card such as ATI or NVIDIA.

As such, some businesses consider Windows Vista more suited to the home market, and few organisations plan to upgrade to Vista this year.

In addition, many users recently moved to Windows XP from Windows 2000 or Windows 98, so a migration is unlikely in the immediate future.

Many IT managers are waiting for Vista to support particular business applications and hardware, and currently face a range of compatibility issues.

Windows Vista news stories/features

November 2006: What we have been waiting for >>

July 2006: Microsoft ends Windows 98 and ME support >>

August 2005: Check out the changes on Windows Vista >>

June 2006: Microsoft forced to make Vista changes >>

March 2007: Windows Vista sales outstrip XP launch >>

July 2006: Vista drives a hardware shake-up >>

April 2007: New Vista licences target large firms >>

March 2007: Microsoft discounts Vista licences >>

May 2006: Vista packs the prettiest of punches >>

June 2007: New encryption options in Windows Vista >>

May 2007: Microsoft Windows Vista security feature reviews >>

June 2007: Microsoft delivers critical Vista patches in June >>

June 2007: Microsoft patches Windows Vista IE 7 >>

May 2006: Microsoft spells out Vista requirements >>

July 2006: Microsoft ends Windows 98 and ME support >>

July 2007: Big Microsoft Vista concerns for Big Pharma >>

June 2007: Stephenson Harwood chooses XP over Vista for stability >>

May 2007: Vista has had no major effect on PC sales >>

May 2007: Older platforms get the brunt of May patch activity >>

May 2007: When Microsoft Vista and VPNs don’t mix >>

June 2007: NLTMv2 to the fore in Vista >>

May 2007: Windows Vista’s little surprises >>

May 2005: Intel to bundle PGP data encryption in chip platforms >>

April 2007: Windows Server Lognhorn Beta 3 now publicly available >>

April 2007: NTFS and the Registry in Vista packaged up >>

April 2004: Microsoft issues hotfix for file copying bug in Vista >>

April 2007: Removing malware from your Windows system >>

April 2007: Learn about new boot options in Windows Vista >>

April 2007: Microsoft offers two licence options >>

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Windows Vista on the rest of web

Microsoft home >>

Microsoft: Windows Vista >>

Microsoft Office >>

Microsoft Windows update >>

Microsoft: Windows XP >>

Wikipedia: Windows Vista >>

BadVista >>

Paul Thurrot’s SuperSite for Windows: Windows Vista Activity Center >>

Microsoft: Windows Vista upgrade >>

Microsoft: Windows Vista Product Guide >>

Microsoft: Hardware Design for Windows Vista >>

Microsoft TechNet >>

Microsoft: Windows Vista >> How secure is Windows' new Vista? >>

Tom’s hardware: Windows XP vs. Vista: the benchmark rundown >>

c/net reviews: Windows Vista Ultimate >>

Windows Vista blogs

Microsoft Developer Network: blogs >>

Microsoft: Windows Vista blogs >>

Scobleizer: Robert Scoble’s blog >>

Microsoft: blog news channel >>

Microsoft: Windows Vista blogs >>

Windows Vista video

Windows Vista did not steal ideas from Mac OS X >>

The Real Windows Vista >>

Vista install in 2 minutes >>

Windows Vista vs XP >>

Windows Vista RTM - Demonstation of Windows ReadyBoost >>

Vista Aero glass >>

Windows Vista - Windows Media Center - clip 2 >>

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