Hey great news! If youre an MSDN subscriber you can download Windows Vista Beta 1 today otherwise TechNet subscribers need to wait till next month's release. Check this website!
Some people are a little confused by it and think that its just Windows XP by another name because of the GUI screenshots. Remember beta 1 of WinXP? It looked just like Win2k. Then beta 2 released and Luna got added and it looked a lot better. Think along those lines for beta 2 where all the cool "user experience" stuff gets put in then.
So Windows Vista beta 1 is a "testing" release. Its for IT Pros and Developers to test their apps on and ensure that they work properly. Its to try out Avalon (new presentation subsystem that drives AeroGlass), Indigo (communications subsystem) and WinFX (the evolution past Win32). Its to test the security changes such as IE7 and impacts of implementing Limited User Access (LUA) (and now called User Account Protection (UAP)). Might talk a bit more about what those mean to the IT Pro in later blog posts.
BTW. AeroGlass is actually enabled in the beta 1 build but you need a video card powerful enough to drive it. I use an ATI Radeon 9550 256MB RAM and it runs really well. Lovely transparency and screen effects. Now when I compare even at this early stage, the GUI of WinXP and Vista, the Vista one with AeroGlass already just looks cool.
Hey you have a blog! I've talked to via email a little while ago after the last Security summit un Sydney... anyways, is it just me or is there no 'Add/Remove Windows Components' in the Beta 1? I wanted to fire up the new imaging tool and see what it can do!
I must say overall I'm a little disappointed... it seems like not really much more than XP with the Avalon and Indigo betas, .net 2 beta and ie7 beta. Transparent windows? Woo-hoo - Ati and nVidia have been doing that with their drivers for donkeys. I won't even start on X Windows! Beyond UAP (bout time, but DropMyRights does a pretty good job on XP) the change to the Start menu (which is v nice btw), I'm not seeing anything to get exited about, expecially since Avalon and Indigo will be available for XP.
I don't mean to come across overly negative... I just think it's going to be a very hard sell. And see you @ Tech.Ed Gold Coast :-)
and NO LUNA THEME in this version?..