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August 11, 2006

Miscellaneous Vista News Roundup – August 11, 2006

Posted by David Hunter at 9:38 PM ET.

Vista Release Candidate 1 is coming. No word how soon, but it will be open to new testers.

More Vista coupon buzz:

Unusual motherboard sales patterns support the idea, according to a Friday report by investment bank Goldman Sachs. The company cited a Taiwanese news agency’s story on free Vista upgrade coupons as a possible reason that demand for motherboards in the clone market is stronger than demand in the brand name market. Brand name PC vendors could be waiting to order more motherboards until later in the year, closer to October, the time when free Vista upgrade coupons might be bundled with new computers, Goldman says.

but Compal Electronics denies their part in Thursday’s rumor.

More complaints about Kernel Patch Protection (AKA PatchGuard) from security software providers. Previously mentioned here. Also related – former buddies Microsoft and Symantec are having a prolonged slanging match over Vista security as Symantec delivered 3 papers critiquing Vista security ([1],[2],[3]).

(Via NeoWin) Vista: Ultimate Confusing Mess Edition:

Vista’s tag-based file browsing looks great when you use the Microsoft sample files supplied with Vista. But put your own motley files in there and the whole system falls down.

Vista’s approach to file management is far less interested in what’s in your files than what sort of files they are and what metadata tags you have applied to them.

If you add tags to a group of pictures taken on holiday, stating when you took them, what model camera you used, what colour underwear you were wearing and how much you drank the night before, Vista will sort them, shuffle them and turn them into a slideshow.

If you just dump them into a folder called “Holiday Pics”, Vista will grudgingly display them under “Unspecified”.

That is so useful. Not.

Having content organised by metadata is useful, but only if the metadata is actually there. Only the very best user interface design can lure people into adding tags to their data, and it’s obvious that Vista is far from the ‘very best’.

Filed under Coopetition, Microsoft, OS - Client, Security, Symantec, Windows Vista

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