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April 12, 2006

A variety of Vista news

Posted by David Hunter at 12:53 PM ET.

Sony just announced new Vaio PC models ([1], [2]) complete with “Vista capable” stickers. There will shortly be many more from all the OEMs.

Mary Jo Foley speculates on what the Vista delay will mean for the nominally biennial follow-ons Fiji and Vienna as well as the Windows server operating systems.

Microsoft posted and then a pulled a massive 313 page Windows Vista Product Guide.

New Microsoft hire, Niall Kennedy, recently of Technorati, discloses that “ is the new default home page for users of the Internet Explorer 7 and the Windows Vista operating system.”

Microsoft’s UACBlog explains Vista Parental Controls.

Brandon LeBlanc explains the new Vista Windows PC Accelerators:

Windows SuperFetch™ is a memory management innovation in Windows Vista that helps make your PC consistently responsive by tracking what applications are used most on a given machine and intelligently preloading these applications into memory.

Windows ReadyBoost™ (formerly code-named “EMD”) makes PCs running genuine Windows Vista more responsive by using flash memory on a USB drive, SD Card, Compact Flash, or other memory form factor to boost system performance.

Windows ReadyDrive™ (formerly code-named “Piton”) enables Windows Vista PCs equipped with a hybrid hard drive to boot up faster, resume from hibernate in less time, and preserve battery power. Hybrid hard drives are a new type of hard disk that integrates non-volatile flash memory with a traditional hard drive.

Microsoft is working on a Vista only product for amateur musicians called Monaco that competes with Apple’s GarageBand.

And last but not least, the Gartner Group has some Vista adoption news for Microsoft, but it’s hard to tell whether it is good (Gartner: Half of Current PCs Will Show All of Vista):

Microsoft’s Windows Vista will run on just about any PC available today, but it will only show its true colors on about half of them, according to a new report from Gartner.

or bad (Half of Corporate PCs Can’t Handle Vista):

A new research report from the Gartner Group finds that about half of all corporate PC’s don’t have what it takes to run all the features in Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows Vista operating system when it becomes available, suggesting that companies will, to a great extent, have to roll out Vista as they acquire new computer systems, rather than installing the new operating system on existing PCs.

Frankly, Gartner seems obsessed with the unlikely idea of large numbers of folks upgrading existing hardware to Vista.

Filed under Apple, Coopetition, Fiji, Home Software, Microsoft, OS - Client, OS - Server, Sony, Vienna Server, Windows 7, Windows Live, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista

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2 Responses to “A variety of Vista news”

  1. Microsoft’s Vista Product Guide is back -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] You may recall that Microsoft offered and then withdrew a Vista product guide in early April, but Greg Keizer now reports at TechWeb that it is back in all its massive glory: “Windows Vista Product Guide” can be downloaded from here in either Word format or the original XPS (XML Paper Specification) format, which Microsoft touts as a replacement for Adobe’s popular PDF. The latter requires an XPS viewer application to read the guide in Windows XP. (Caveat: The Word document is approximately 60MB in size.) I opted for the Word version and would say that it’s a credible high level catalog and explanation of Vista features and versions,. Filed under OS – Client, Windows Vista, Microsoft   [Permalink] [...]

  2. Niall Kennedy leaves Microsoft after four months -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] In April, Niall Kennedy of Technorati fame joined Microsoft “to create a new product team around syndication technologies such as RSS and Atom.” Things seemed not have worked out as he is leaving August 18 for his own startup. These things happen, but more interesting is what he has to say about how things are going with Windows Live: The Windows Live initiative got off to a huge start, with lots of new services created and an “invest to win” strategy in the new division. There were so many new programs created and headcount opening up Microsoft told Wall Street it would be spending $2 billion more than anticipated in the short-term to cover these new costs including over 10,000 new hires over the last fiscal year. [...]

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