July 27, 2005 Microsoft officially named the successor to
Windows XP. The operating system formerly known as Windows
Codename Longhorn is now Windows Vista.
Vista Beta 1 is now available to MSDN (Microsoft Developer
Network) and TechNet subscribers. Beta 2 is due out before
the end of this year. That beta will be a public beta, instead
of the relatively small Beta 1 release.
Microsoft would prefer to only release Beta 1 to MSDN and
TechNet subscribers, it has been leaked onto the internet.
The Vista Beta is now all over BitTorrent. Searches on Limewire
only turn up fakes and torrent files.
a hefty download at approximately 2.5 GB. That is why it can
only be burned onto a DVD. Yes, that’s right, a bootable
DVD. It is safe to speculate that once all the features are
added to the new OS that it could take up most, if not all
of the 4.7 GB capacity of a single layer DVD.
says that Beta 1, although reportedly very stable for a beta
release, is not intended for general computer use. They say
it is mainly meant as a technology preview for developers
so that they can give Microsoft feedback and prepare to develop
Windows Vista applications. Most applications that run on
Windows XP should be able to run on Windows Vista.
improvements in Windows Vista include:
• Revamped security architecture
• Better searching and indexing of files
• Further simplification of everyday tasks
• Better error recovery, better performance
• Better reliability
of the new features have not been finalized, so the details
are sparse. There are reportedly plans to include a new control
panel icon that will pull together different aspects of the
operating system that pertain to laptops and tablet PCs. This
includes power management and other mobile-specific features.
version of Windows Vista is set for release in the 2006 holiday
season. PC’s with Vista preinstalled will be available
before you will be able to buy a retail copy. There is no
doubt you will know when Windows Vista is released. Microsoft
has plans for a massive media blitz, starting this year with
their “Start Something PC” campaign.