Since Release Candidate 1 of Vista arrived last Friday and has now been made available to millions of Customer Preview Program (CPP) members (download here and caveat here), there has been a deluge of news and reactions:
Paul Thurrott provides a two part review (, ) which is mostly good news except for the Vista x64 versions which are “software compatibility hell.” He balances that, however, with The Dark Side of Windows Vista RC1 which points out some deficiencies, including the perennial favorite, User Account Control:
Yes, UAC is dramatically less annoying than it was in Beta 2. And yes, Microsoft has addressed the very egregious problems and bugs I found in this software earlier this year. And you know what? UAC is still annoying. It’s still really annoying.
Thurrott proposes a solution, but I suspect that there are a lot of folks who are just going to be turning UAC off. Microsoft’s Alex Heaton says UAC has improved in RC1 and has a video to prove it, but Steven Parker suggests that Microsoft incorporate a per-user UAC on/off switch.
Brandon Leblanc says Vista is definitely on the right track, but drivers are still a problem.
Preston Gralla says Windows Vista RC 1 is almost ready for prime time.
Paula Rooney reports that Partners Say Vista RC1 Close But Not Quite Ready.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes reports that the Windows Experience Index is much improved since pre-RC1 build 5536. This is the built-in Vista hardware performance rating tool which I’ve mentioned before which seems unfortunately destined to be come the universal yardstick for hardware comparisons. Also related – Ed Bott says Vista isn’t a hardware hog.
Ed Bott provides 10 essential tweaks for Windows Vista RC1
Todd Bishop reveals What Windows 2000 and XP say about Vista’s schedule.
Joris Evers asks Will Vista stall Net traffic? No, it isn’t everybody downloading RC1, it’s the way Vista’s IPv6 support will hit DNS servers.
Latvians clutch sides and cry ‘fowl’ over Microsoft Vista. Vista translates poorly in Latvian.
Microsoft’s Vista Launch Critical To Chip Co’s. They have to be kidding.