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  • Blog Post: New Hardware for Windows Vista Unleashed

    Microsoft has just announced the availability of three new pieces of hardware coming from MS Hardware later this year that will take advantage of Windows Vista functionality at the press of a button. Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 – Available February 2007. Wireless Entertainment...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Imaging and Installation Performance

    PC World got the conversation going on installation times in Windows Vista . While they quote Jim Allchin that Windows Vista can take as little as 15 minutes to install, my installs have been more like 20 minutes (still rocking fast), so I thought I would talk with David D'Souza who manages our Deployment...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista RC2 is now available to technical beta testers!

    Today, Microsoft is excited to announce the availability of Windows Vista RC2 to Technical Beta Testers, TAP Testers, and MSDN/TechNet subscribers. This new build of Windows Vista offers users a higher level of performance and stability – improving what was established in Windows Vista RC1. We were able...
  • Blog Post: Examples of Fit-and-Finish in Build 5728

    In Build 5728, we got to see examples of the kind of fit-and-finish the Windows Shell Team is making to Windows Vista as they progress toward RTM. I'd like to show you a few that I found. I imagine there is quite a bit more. In “Computer”, you will notice that the “System Properties” and “Map Network...
  • Blog Post: Buy a PC Now, Upgrade to Windows Vista After Launch

    Today we're announcing something you've all been waiting for -- information on the upgrade process for those of you who are planning to buy a new PC in the coming months but prior to the Windows Vista launch. Well, now you can have both (and Office to boot)! Here's the scoop: PCs loaded with...
  • Blog Post: eWeek Labs Praises Windows Vista’s UAC

    eWeek Labs recently took some time to dig deeper into Windows Vista’s User Access Control (UAC), praising Microsoft for their dedication to securing Windows Vista. " With Vista's UAC, Microsoft has finally gotten serious about securing the Windows operating system by limiting a user's rights during day...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor Release Candidate

    We've now updated the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor, enhancing its UI and device support in order to help users successfully determine which version of Windows Vista best suits their particular hardware configuration. If you've not heard of it, this app advises which parts of a system may need to be...
  • Blog Post: Visiting Digital Life this Week? Come by the Microsoft Blogger Lounge

    If you find yourself in New York City this week, perhaps attending Digital Life , I invite you to come by and meet some of the team in person. We're putting on a Blogger Lounge specifically for members of the community who write commentaries of their own, as well as read this blog. The great thing...
  • Blog Post: Preventing Interrupted Presentations with Windows Vista

    I know you've been there: you're giving a presentation and, having previously left a Windows Messenger window open, up pops a messages from one of your buddies. You lose both your audience and your train of thought. Not a comfortable place to be, especially if your buddy happens to say something more...
  • Blog Post: Silicon Valley Campus Install Fair Invitation

    The folks at the Silicon Valley Campus asked me to share the following invite with you. If you find yourself in the San Francisco Bay area on one of these dates, feel free to drop in and pick up the latest version of Windows Vista for your current workstation. Everyone who participates will be given...
  • Blog Post: RC1 CPP Now Available to General Public

    A quick update on CPP status: Windows Vista RC1 is now publicly available. This means that 32- and 64-bit downloads for all three languages (English, German, and Japanese) are live. If you did not receive and email in the previous wave, you can now both download the ISO image and request a product...
  • Blog Post: Update on Interim Windows Vista Build 5728: 64-bit Version Available; Build Availability Window Closing Soon

    Per my post from last week, I've got some news for you regarding the release of interim build 5728: The 64-bit version of build 5728 is now availabile in both German and English . The window is rapidly closing for download of the English build, as we're nearing our targeted download quantity...
  • Blog Post: Have You Seen the Windows Vista Tips and Tricks Website?

    Looking for a handy resource for tips and tricks to get the most out of Windows Vista? No need to wait for RTM -- we've provided the Windows Vista Tips and Tricks Website for you to get acquainted with all the resources needed for making Windows Vista run exactly the way you want it. Check it out at...
  • Blog Post: Windows Mobile Device Center for Windows Vista Now Available

    Windows Mobile Program Manager Mel Sampat tells us that Windows Mobile Device Center (Beta 3) is finally here for Public Download for Windows Vista RC1 and higher. Head over to the Windows Mobile Device Center webpage at Microsoft.com to download !
  • Blog Post: Windows Client Team Launches the Windows Shell Blog

    The Windows Shell Team, responsible for Windows' core user interface, has launched a blog called shell: revealed . This new site has blogs from several team members and also includes galleries and a forum to discuss Windows shell-related topics, such as Windows Aero and organization. If you are one...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft LifeCam Support Coming for Windows Vista

    I've noticed a few discussions out in the community on how Microsoft’s great new LifeCams don’t quite work yet with Windows Vista. Well, to find out for myself, I just bought the Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 this weekend. I’m happy to say I am currently testing beta drivers for the LifeCams, to which...
  • Blog Post: Understanding the Feature Design Process at Microsoft

    Yet another fantastic post from Vinny Pasceri, Program Manager for the Windows Shell Team, appears over at the Windows Shell blog . Vinny sheds some light on what is involved in the feature design process here at Microsoft. He separates the process into three different parts: Page 1, The Spec and Building...
  • Blog Post: Managing your Photos with Windows Vista

    I have over 2 years' worth of digital camera photos taken from events and travels -- managing that with Windows XP is next to impossible outside organizing them in folders by date. Windows Vista right out of the box offers incredible ways to manage your digital photos using Windows Photo Gallery -- so...
  • Blog Post: Where in the World Are Our Beta Testers?

    Windows Test Manager Paul Donnelly just sent the mail below to Beta testers at connect.microsoft.com , and I was so fascinated with the maps he's generated representing where Windows Beta testers are located, I thought I'd share it with you: I'm sure you've noticed people here in the newsgroups...
  • Blog Post: Another Update on Interim Windows Vista Build 5728: Japanese Version Available

    Another follow-up to my original post on Build 5728: the Japanese download page for both 32- and 64-bit versions is live. That means that this link is now active!
  • Blog Post: RC1 Public Availability Pending

    I know I'm sounding like a broken record (just read my comments on previous posts relating to RC1), but keep an eye on this blog for upcoming news on when and where to get your PID (product key) and image download when the public portion of the Windows Vista Customer Preview Program (CPP) opens. Stay...
  • Blog Post: Closure of RC2, Feedback Handling in the New York Times, and Licensing Information for Windows

    As you've probably already surmised, downloads of Windows Vista RC2 for the Customer Preview Program (CPP) have now closed and the links are no longer active. We were bowled over by your response to RC2 -- in fact, we hit our download target (200K+) within 72 hours of propping the files! This is an incredible...
  • Blog Post: Putting the Final Touches on Windows Vista's "Fit-and-Finish"

    Over at the Windows Shell blog , Program Manager Vinny Pasceri explains the balance necessary to be struck in order to complete the UI polish, or "fit-and-finish", of Windows Vista's UI . Questions like "will it affect the user’s habits in a bad way?" must always be faced when changing any part of the...
  • Blog Post: New York Times Reader Download Now Available to All

    As a follow-up to last week's post on the WinFX version of the New York Times Reader, I've learned that the link allowing access to non-MS and non-NYT emails addresses is finally live -- phew! Go here to see NYT's "First Look" page on the Reader, which will lead you to this page , where it's necessary...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Alex Heaton, Our New IT and Business Blogger

    As we get close to the business availability of Windows Vista, we'll want to provide more information specifically for IT professionals to help them get ready for their Windows Vista deployments. To help out, one of my teammates, Alex Heaton, will become a regular contributor here on the blog, focusing...