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Wednesday, July 27, 2005


Microsoft has rolled out Beta 1 of its next operating system Windows VISTA (formerly codenamed "Longhorn". Most of the initial reviews that I've perused are positive - okeh, at least they aren't negative!

I found Paul Thurrott's review quite detailed and incisive. Click here to read it.

Here are some of the features / enchancements that the VISTA promises:
  • The DotNet-based WinFX platform, as different from the existing Win32 platform which will go into maintenance mode
  • A greatly improved user experience - we need to catch up with jargon like Aero, Avalon, Indigo and Palladium
  • A ubiquitious search bar. Press the Start button, and there is a small search bar there too!
  • Virtual folders
  • Lots of new security features (which some reviewer called as a UNIX clone)
  • A much-needed (and long overdue) IE7, which features tabs!!! Ironically, when introducing IE7, Microsoft's website is silent on tabs whereas a one-click-erase-cache button is touted as a salient feature! Bof, losers!!
VISTA reiterates the fact that adoption, rather than innovation, is Microsoft's forte. However who will complain if provided get neat, fast and comprehensive operating system? Or a they put it a clear, confident and connected OS? It may be too early to judge, but I think Microsoft has a winner here. Let's wait for Beta 2.


Anonymous Thejo said...

MS better get it right, or else it'll be Hasta la VISTA, soon after.

7/28/2005 10:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Shweta said...

"VISTA reiterates the fact that adoption, rather than innovation, is Microsoft's forte." - couldn't agree more!

7/29/2005 04:22:00 AM  
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