Launch of Beta 1 of Microsoft Vista


August 3, 2005 is the official launch date for the next version of Microsoft Windows code-named Vista (earlier longhorn). In the past couple of days Microsoft shipped this version to some 500,000 “early bird” developers; being beta 1 it is not ready for routine developers; many ideas are still in the “plumbing” stage as VP Jim Allchin (an earlier “star” professor) puts it. It must be a happy day for Will Poole, Sr. VP in-charge of Windows client.

Though I am yet to lay my copy, what I like about this release

  • Tighter RSS integration (all bloggers would like this)

    3D/Transparency to improve GUI (for many years GUI has not improved in Windows releases, though the original USP of Windows was GUI)

    “Shrink to Print” feature across applications (many of us who still use prints would love it)

    Anti-phishing (one hopes it improves, but one can never be sure)

    Tabbed browsing (all those who installed Firefox may come back to Microsoft)

    Shift to “virtual files” and away from folders (a fundamental contribution if it succeeds)

    Meta-data on files to improve search (many LIS (Library & Information Science) folks will be happy that they are proved right that meta-data usage and not brute-force search would be the way to go)

  • Of course, there are some mishaps (earlier it was Windows XP crashing when Bill Gates launched it); this time veterans are up in arms with the “name clash”; Veteran Administration has been giving away a software “Vista” to senior citizens to plan healthcare; hopefully, the irritant it should go away.

    One Response to “Launch of Beta 1 of Microsoft Vista”

    1. Murali Says:

      Vista Requires a complete “Rip and Replace ” approach – Excerpts from an article below :

      “Experts say the ”rip-and-replace” nature of Vista, rather than it being an upgrade to the current platform, means IT groups will have to plan extensively for it. ”To roll out Vista, IT managers are going to want to roll it out on new hardware — this could make it costly,” Enderle says. ”However, with the reduction in overall hardware costs, maybe it won’t be as costly as before.”

      http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/entdev/article.php/3525281

      When Indian Users are not able to completely use the features in Windows XP, do we really need another “UPGRADE”.

      For Mass consumption of technology we need more open source software, rather than a very proprietary software, which requires upgrades every 3-4 years.

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