As we come into the home stretch in the Windows Vista development cycle, we’ve got a lot of stuff left to do to make this the best Windows release ever. As we do this, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for your feedback and give you an idea of the ways you’re helping. We’ve gotten feedback from all types of people – general consumers, IT Professionals, enthusiasts – you name it -- from all around the world.
Some of the development teams came to me and asked that we share a sampling of the changes that we’ve made based on your feedback.
While some of these changes may seem small, when you realize that they will affect hundreds of millions of people -- and in some cases, those people will notice the benefit every time they use the operating system -- well, in all it’s really pretty awesome. Here are just a few of the changes we’ve implemented as a direct result of your feedback from Beta 2. Many of these changes are in recent post-Beta 2 builds, and all will definitely be included in our RC-1 release.
From the shell team, changes to Explorer include:
Next, while we continue to work on overall system search performance, we’ve made some pretty cool changes to it for this cycle:
Sharing and networking has changed for the better in the following ways:
The Windows Media Center team has been hard at work too. They have:
One thing to check out: When using an Xbox 360 as a Media Center Extender, the remote experience is now full-fidelity. It looks and performs exactly like you’re using the PC.
Our security teams have also been listening to you. The System Integrity team has simplified the “out-of-the-box” Windows BitLocker user interface. Its new UI now makes it much, much easier for a Windows Vista Ultimate user to be able to setup BitLocker on TPM 1.2-enabled hardware. The administrator of an Enterprise edition system still has access to all of the features and functionality that BitLocker supports through scripting and command line tools.
Finally, we’ve gotten lots of great feedback on User Account Control. This is definitely a big feature for this release as far as security goes, and here’s how we’re making it better post-Beta 2:
Deleting a shortcut from the desktop will no longer require elevation for administrators
Copying or moving multiple files to protected folders should require only one prompt to gain access
The Find New Hardware experience has been changed to remove the UAC prompt until the user is ready to install the device
“Set Focus” work has been done so that UAC prompts from applications running in the background do not interrupt users' workflow. The users will instead see a blinking item in the taskbar in these situations
The OS has been scrubbed for UAC prompts, the net benefit being that the number of UAC prompts is now reduced
A much-requested feature from our IT community: Elevated command prompts are distinguished by prefixing “Administrator:” to the title
We’ve added a new ActiveX Installer Service so that administrators can give Standard Users permissions to install controls from trusted sites
All UAC prompts have been scrubbed so as to be more consistent and informative, and also to provide users with improved context for deciding whether to permit/deny the prompt
Whew, that's quite a list! Like I said, we’re all hard at work delivering the best version of Windows yet, so please don’t stop sending us feedback. Your suggestions could end up affecting hundreds of millions of people!