Catching up with a number of recent of Windows Vista items, the top of the list is provided by Paul Thurrott – Microsoft Missed Vista ‘Code Complete’ Milestone, Plans for February CTP:
Back in early December 2005, Microsoft publicly announced that it planned to ship a code-complete version of Windows Vista internally by the end of 2005, setting the stage for a future code-complete Community Technical Preview (CTP) build that the company would issue to testers. However, sources at the software giant now tell me that the company didn’t make this milestone, and Microsoft now plans to ship a code-complete Windows Vista version internally by January 31, 2006 instead.
Microsoft, however, says it’s actually on schedule. Thurrott also reports that the next Community Technical Preview (CTP) is likely due February 17 and it won’t be code complete either, but should be feature complete.
Speaking of CTPs, over the weekend came the news that Microsoft Ships First Vista Security Patches for the December CTP. They fixed the WMF vulnerability that drew so much comment earlier in the month and which apparently affected Vista as well.
The new features of the Vista firewall are explained in the January Microsoft Technet column by “The Cable Guy.” Leading the list is that outgoing traffic can be checked.
NotebookReview.com has a pictorial preview of the Windows Vista Sideshow. The sideshow is a secondary LCD display built into the cover of Windows Vista notebooks and tablets with a variety of PDA-like functionality. It got some play in Bill Gates’ CES keynote and interestingly is from the SPOT/MSN Direct team.
The user interface (UI) in the Vista December CTP is reportedly the final design and there are some complaints that it is not too much different from Windows XP. Decide for yourself in the pictorial side-by-side comparison at BentUser.