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Die Hard:
I went to a Windows Vista Summit today, where the new platform from Microsoft was presented.
The event started at 9 am and went on until 5 pm.
A lot of information was presented, I tried to make notes at the same time as I listening trying to comprehend the massive amount of information that was given.

Two of the speakers were flown in from Redmond, Debra Weissman and Stella Chernyak.
I have accumulated some of the info I managed to collect here below:

Disclaimer: Those are my own notes and I leave no guarantee that they are 100 % accurate.Since the notes are my own, Microsoft is in no way involved in making them.

Vista can be run on a system with 1 Ghz CPU and 256 Mb memory and a 64 Mb GPU. But , Vista has a very nice interface and many new graphic features so the recommended system has to meet 3 Ghz CPU, 1 Gb memory and a GPU with at least 128 Mb memory in order to be able to use it fully.

The consumer version of Vista is scheduled to be launched in January 2007, the corporate version is launched in November this year.
There are going to be five versions of Vista:
Home Basic
Home Premium

Where of course Home Basic is a stripped version and Enterprise is the version containing all features.

Vista contains 1 400 000 sourcecode files, compared to Server 2003 which contains 745 000.
Vista contains a feature where the system diagnoses itself and repair corrupt files before Windows boots.It looks for corrupt memory, discs, GPU etc.Microsoft estimates that 80 % of all errors could be fixed this way.
The event manager is extended, it shows graphs where it´s possible to see exactly when errors have occured and which program or application that caused it.From the event manager , the taskmanager can be opened and the conflicting program is easily terminated.

Open documents are displayed in the taskbar. Scrolling the mouse over them shows a thumb image.

The indexing function is implemented in all folders, and it´s also extended where a search for keyword, author or simply a part of a word is possible.

Vista has an ability to show documents in folders in 3D, all at once .Showing them this way makes it easy to leaf through the documents until the right one is found.

Chips to lock the computer is standard (smartcard). This is important when more than 50 % of all computers sold today in Japan are mobile computers (laptops) . A figure that is estimated to be reached in USA in 2007.
Volumes could be coded, a TPM-chip is required to unlock it. Vista uses TPM version 1.2. This system is called "Bitlocker".

The firewall has three levels, "corporate level" , "home level" and "public level"

Vista has a "Presentation mode", which means that all programs except the one used during the presentation are terminated, like e-mail programs.

Instead of hanging when the system runs out of memory, Vista displays a warning so the user can close documents or applications and no data is lost.

Vista contains its own ghost, "WAIK". When installing Vista, a second partition has to be made where a ghost version of the installed system can be stored. This ghost could also be easily edited. New drivers, program updates a so forth could be added and they are installed when WAIK is used replacing a system. If a PC in a corporate environment is replaced, the WAIK-file from this computer is moved to the server and when the new workstation is plugged in, this file is installed and the new workstation is up and running again in less than 30 mins.

Many new features are made to improve the mutimedia section. Windows Media Player is updated to version 11.

In Vista a USB memory stick can be used as an extra RAM. Very convenient, just plug in and extend the internal memory. However, the USB-stick needs to meet certain standards, it can´t be a slow stick or the system will be sluggish instead of speeding up.

The network administrator can create a default folder on the server, where all music, videos and even downloads end up, available for all. This eliminates that 47 Mp3-versions of "It´s hard to be a pimp" is sent back and forth between the users in the network and are stored locally.

Much work has been done to the services.Microsoft has investigated and looked on all services and if a service doesn´t need  a system level, it has been "downgraded". This to improve the security.
When I looked through the list of services myself I also noticed there were many new services added.

5 % of the total computer capacity is lost due to virus and malicious codes.
When running Vista, even in admin mode, every time a program is started a prompt opens asking if you want to continue ; if it´s ok to run the program.. This is to improve the security, so that the user is alerted if a malicious code is executing.
The thought behind this is admirable, but I suspect most power-users will after a couple of days with those popups simply edit the registry and remove it.

There were also a brief presentation of IE7, but I will not mention it here. Besides, it´s already very well presented on the internet.
However, I like this function in particular:
IE7 could be run in "protected mode" , which is  below the guest level.

Die Hard :)

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Thanks Diehard for the great info!

Do you know which version you plan to get, of the 5 available?

Is the Home Basic pretty basic?  Just wondering which you would suggest for the regular home user, the basic or the Home Premium?

Die Hard:

--- Quote ---Do you know which version you plan to get, of the 5 available?
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I´m not sure yet. Let´s see what Microsoft put into the different versions first, even though I think "Enterprise" is excluded when it,from what I understand, is more a server version.

Die Hard :)


--- Quote ---Vista has an ability to show documents in folders in 3D, all at once .Showing them this way makes it easy to leaf through the documents until the right one is found.
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Short of hinting that microsoft is duplicated that soft enhancement to integrate into Vista or perhaps maybe they even purchased those rights from the developer, that exact nice layout is been available for Windows 98/Me and XP Pro which i use on all of them myself and goes by the name MANDOTATE One of the original URLS
Here is another reference

Microsoft for some mysterious reason or just simple inability has always fashioned that a user needed the highest rated CPU just to drive any nice desktop enhancement so comes as no surprise the specs you indicated.

Thanks for the review Diehard. Interesting indeed.


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